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Exhibition of Harrow's 'inspiring and talented' goes on public display
A photographer’s exhibition of Harrow’s well-known faces that was shown to the Queen to mark her Diamond Jubilee has gone on public display.
Dermot Carlin spent four months meeting and interviewing some of the borough’s best-known people for his 60 Faces portrait project as a celebration of Harrow’s diversity.
And Mr Carlin, who started work in Harrow Council’s post room and as a driver 19 years ago and worked his way up to become the authority’s photographer, got to show the collection to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when they visited the borough in March.
He said: “This has been an incredible year, and I feel privileged to have been able to photograph and interview so many of Harrow’s inspiring and talented residents.
“Putting together the 60 Faces for the Diamond Jubilee and showing the exhibition to the Queen and Duke is something I will never forget.
“Photography is my passion and I’m lucky enough to have turned it into my job.”
The Queen left with a book of the photos after being presented with it by Harry Fridkin, 98, who escaped from a Second World War prisoner of war camp.
And last night the exhibition was launched at Harrow Museum in Headstone Manor, where it will be displayed for free until Christmas.
One of the faces featured in the collection is that of 69-year-old royal enthusiast Margaret Tyler, of South Kenton, who has spent 30 years collecting more than 10,000 items of royal memorabilia.
She said: “I think this exhibition is great, and I feel very privileged to be part of it.
“I especially like it because it’s going to be around for future generations to see.”
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