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Well known face on Arran and ex Banner photographer, Vic Shaw of Lamlash, recently celebrated his 90th birthday with his wife Margaret.
Vic first arrived on Arran in 1971 with his wife and family and while his main occupation was restoring antiques and cabinet making, he also enjoyed photography.
Soon after the Banner started in 1974 Vic started submitting photos on a regular basis to the previous editors of the paper, Mark Head and John Millar. The Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald picked up on this and requested that he send photos every week for the Arran page which he did for many years.
Over the years Vic has covered as many events as he could and his work was included in the Banner, Scotsman, Herald, Daily Record, and even the police requested photos of special events and emergencies. Often he was called out to photograph events at all times of the day or night.
When Vic started, photography was still in black and white and he was kept very busy with passport photos and identity photos and travel cards as there was nowhere else on the island at that time to get them.
Vic has also worked for the Arran Tourist Board, doing photos of establishments for an Arran brochure, been a photographer for various playgroups and also for all primary schools on Arran. His work led to portraits, weddings, and other commercial photography and while he is now retired, he still enjoys taking photos to this day.
We at the Arran Banner wish Vic a very Happy 90th Birthday.
Vic Shaw celebrates his 90th birthday with his wife Margaret. No_B28Vic01