Farewell Bernard, a Derbyshire Times legend

NDET 21-8-12 MC 7'bernard jones
NDET 21-8-12 MC 7'bernard jones

A Derbyshire Times photographer is hanging up his camera after almost half a century in the job.

Bernard Jones will take his final picture for the paper on Friday and retire after a spectacular career spanning 48 years.

The 63-year-old, who lives with his wife Jean in Brampton, said: “It’s been a remarkable journey.”

Bernard joined the Derbyshire Times when he left school at the age of 15.

He started working as a technician in the paper’s dark room and moved to become a photographer about 20 years ago.

Renowned for his vast local knowledge, Bernard has taken hundreds of thousands of pictures over the years.

His career highlights include covering the Olympic torch relay through Chesterfield in June and photographing Tony Benn when he stood in the hotly-contested 1984 by-election.

Bernard said: “I feel very privileged to have covered so many remarkable events.”

He added he had seen major technological changes over the years – from the days of hot metal to the digital era.

So what will he miss most about the job?

“I’ll miss the day-to-day banter and getting out and meeting different people,” he said.

Ashley Highfield, chief executive of Johnston Press, which owns the Derbyshire Times, praised Bernard.

He said: “It’s the end of an era for the Derbyshire Times, and Johnston Press, as one of our longest serving employees leaves us.

“While there have been many profound changes in photographic and print technology in that time, Bernard’s long career and amazing portfolio shows us that at the end of the day, it’s still all down to being at the heart of the community at the right time and that there’s no shortcut for experience and having the eye to capture the shot, which he clearly has.

“On behalf of Johnston Press, we wish him all the best.”

Bernard is looking forward to spending more time with his family in his retirement.

For an album featuring old snaps of Bernie as well as a selection of some of his stunning pictures, click on the link in the right-hand panel.