Young Portrait Photographer of the Year 2014

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Congratulations, Hayley Hunt of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School and Marlow, seen here receiving her prizes from Nicola Baker of Marlow Camera Club.  On the right is the 15 year old’s  winning portrait of Dr Rachel Brown, entitled ‘Royal Memories of Marlow’.

In the photograph Rachel is remembering a special day in 1926 when as a small child she saw Princess Mary, daughter of George V and Queen Mary, present Court Garden House and its walled estate, now known as Higginson Park, to the town.

The house and estate were purchased for use by the town after a fundraising campaign led by famous local resident General Sir George Higginson (1826-1927), a veteran of the Crimean War. He was a close friend of the Royal Family and persuaded Princess Mary to come to Marlow for the ceremony held on his 100th birthday.

Hayley also sent us a well known press photograph of this occasion to show that her photo is taken in the same spot:

PRINCESS MARY & GEN SIR GEORGE H

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