Big response to appeal for Ilfracombe photographs

THERE has been a huge response to Ilfracombe Town Council s appeal for photographs to help promote the town. More than 100 individual photographs were sent in by residents keen to show what makes Ilfracombe special to them. From beautiful wildlife shots

THERE has been a huge response to Ilfracombe Town Council's appeal for photographs to help promote the town.

More than 100 individual photographs were sent in by residents keen to show what makes Ilfracombe special to them.

From beautiful wildlife shots to panoramic town and harbour views, stunning night-time vistas to fun activity scenes bursting with energy, the range of pictures offered far more than a snapshot of Ilfracombe life.

"The idea to involve the public in marketing the town came when we began the Ilfracombe branding process last year," said the Mayor, Councillor Philip Webb.


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"We had to acknowledge the stock of photos currently in use were generally quite tired and dated and didn't promote Ilfracombe as a quality destination. A new portfolio was clearly required and who better to ask to help capture the spirit of Ilfracombe than the people who know and love the town already?

"We have had an overwhelming response and we would like to thank everybody who has taken the time to send in their photos. We will continue to display all of them."

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All of the pictures are displayed on the town council website, as well as on the presentation screen in the reception at the Ilfracombe Centre - and people have been calling in just to see them.

One photograph, chosen by Peter Cooper and his team of photographic students at Ilfracombe College, will be printed onto canvas and displayed in the centre, but many others are likely to be used for promoting the town.

"Contributors have all been asked if they are willing for their photographs to be used as marketing material and they are all happy for this, so the images will continue to be available to download on the town council's website and photographers will be credited," said centre manager Andrea Beacham.

"As we have some really stunning images, we have also asked Peter if he could choose a further 12 to be published as an Ilfracombe calendar."

The council would like people to continue sending in their pictures of Ilfracombe people and places, especially some of the many events such as May Day, Victorian Week and the carnival that take place in the warmer months.

The current crop of pictures can be viewed at www.ilfracombetowncouncil.gov.uk or photographs can be emailed in JPG format, along with the photographer's details, to theilfracombecentre@northdevon.gov.uk.

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