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Gazette photographer Raymond Hoyle

Gazette photographer Raymond Hoyle

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Tributes have been paid to a former photographer of The Gazette who snapped Jimmy Armfield in his heyday and later helped with the creation of Trinity Hospice.

Raymond Hoyle, who was the chief photographer at the newspaper, and spent his entire career in the resort in the 60s and 70s, died on February 23, aged 88.

Mr Hoyle learned the tricks of his trade as an aerial photographer during the Second World War.

As a 19-year-old he had to fly over enemy lines, photographing key areas.

In peacetime he continued a career in photography, working at the paper, photographing everything from community events and the Fylde coast’s seaside and countryside to Blackpool FC legends scoring winning goals at Bloomfield Road.

His son Michael, 61, said: “He knew virtually everyone who was worth knowing in Blackpool – the mayors, chief constables and footballers.

“He photographed so many things, but he always enjoyed going to Bloomfield Road, to photograph the football, that was always exciting.

“He liked being involved with the paper, the excitement of meeting deadlines and meeting people were what he liked, and especially covering the sport.

“I think he liked being part of the community.”

Mr Hoyle was born in Rochdale, but moved to Blackpool as a young boy, attending St Kentigern’s Primary School on Newton Drive and the then St Joseph’s College, also on Newton Drive.

In retirement, Mr Hoyle was enlisted to help Dr David Cooper to help fund-raise for the creation of Trinity Hospice on Low Moor Road, Bispham, in 1985.

The former photographer lived independently in North Shore after his wife, Christina, died, supported by son Michael, daughter Sheila, grandchildren Philippa, Alexander and Molly, and great-granddaughter Eleanor. His son added: “He had hundreds of photos at home of all the places he’d been.

“He’ll be remembered as hard working, someone who got on well with people.”

Mr Hoyle will be remembered in a service at St Bernadette’s Catholic Church, Bispham, at 10am on Thursday, followed by burial at Carleton Cemetery at 11.15am.