Top Journalist Retires

14th January 2011

After an impressive 40 plus year career, Barry Batchelor, a top photographer for the Press Association, has retired and is returning to his Wotton-under-Edge home. Before joining the PA, he worked freelance and then recruited others into a few lesser-known newspapers.

Barry says he intends to snap things he never had time to when his career was a full-time job.

"I certainly won't be giving it up because I see photography as a hobby, rather than a job. My career was so varied. I dipped into other people’s lives. It has been an absolute privilege."

A typical day would find Barry driving more than 300 miles from South Wales to the West England; however, he has clocked at least a million miles during his lucrative career.

He has photographed members of the Royal Family over 750 times, including Princess Diana, Prince Charles and the Queen.

He estimates it added up to five years of standing outside of the courts to photograph David Cameron, Margaret Thatcher and other various well-known celebrities.

One of the most memorable shots was the aerial picture of Tewkesbury Abbey during the Boscastle 2007 flood depicting a brave firefighter carrying an animal to safety.

Almost equally as famous is perhaps the photograph of Liz Hurley's pair of sparkly, glittering knickers caught after arriving for a wedding at Sudeley Castle. It is unclear whether Ms. Hurley is saddened regarding Mr. Batchelor's retirement.

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