Photographer who spent 60 years at Sevenoaks Chronicle dies

Friends and colleagues this week led tributes to regional press photographer Alex Watson who worked for more than 60 years at the Sevenoaks Chronicle and died aged 81.

Until he died peacefully last weekend Watson still helped out at the Northcliffe paper he joined, as its first ever full-time photographer, in 1947.

Chronicle community editor Ian Read said: ‘Alex had been a huge part of not just the Chronicle, but Sevenoaks itself for so many years that his death has left a huge hole.

‘He was not just a valued colleague but a perfect gentleman and nobody had a bad word to say about him. He was a model employee who simply loved the industry and the fact that he was about to start getting to grips with digital scanning is a sign of how committed he was to the paper.

‘He had touched many thousands of lives during his remarkable career and we will ensure that his legacy lives on through his wonderful photographs”

The Chronicle this week devotes three pages and a poster front to Watson as staff ran out of space for tributes.

During his long career Watson photographed the Beatles when they made a surprise visit to the town in 1967 and had several photo opportunities with the Queen Mother. He led the paper’s coverage of the 1987 great storm which caused widespread destruction in Sevenoaks.

Before his death he was involved in transferring the Chronicle’s negative prints into digital format and is credited by the paper for training hundreds of young photographers during his career.

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