I was delighted to be asked to photograph Stewart Spence’s 70th birthday on Sunday 28th May, when over 300 people enjoyed a fantastic afternoon and evening at the Marcliffe.

Having worked for, and with Stewart Spence for 40 years next month, I was delighted to create a record of his special birthday. Knowing so many of the people made it easier to try and get the photographs during the hectic celebrations.

Doreen, Stewart’s partner arranged the event along with Mandy, Stewart’s PA. When I started as a photographer with Martin Johnston in 1977, I was working with Doreen, who was herself, a very capable photographer.

As you would expect the food, drink and entertainment were all top notch, especially the amazing London Essentials. Their ability to play all types of music around the tables creates an amazing atmosphere. There were some speeches, and a great song by Dr Fiona Kennedy Clark OBE

The brief was to take informal shots with no formal groups, I took over 1100 images, and I also got roped in to video the speeches.

Doreen and Stewart were both very pleased with the images, and their comments are below

Afternoon Neil

Wow, what a job you have done. Thank you so much.

Have forwarded everything to Mr S
Will let him push the button as far as making the link available. !!!
Hopefully he will do that quickly and everyone can remember a fun day.

Regards
DD x

(Doreen Douglas)

Just got round to seeing your photos, just amazing, reminds me of one of the best nights ever! The feedback has been brilliant, and I even enjoyed my own party and to see so many of my friends having a memorable time. Now because of you, I can be reminded forever,

Thank you so much Neil, you are def. the best!!!

Regards,

Stewart.