THE great and the good of Worcestershire show off their most cherished childhood possessions in a revealing new fund-raising photo exhibition.
Famous faces including the Bishop of Worcester John Inge, antiques expert Philip Serrell, West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin and Charles Morgan, managing director of Morgan Motors, who were all caught on camera with treasured toys and teddy bears from their formative years.
The new “Timeliness” exhibition has been put together by photographer Martin Billings, to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.
Happy to show their support for the cause, Rt Rev Inge is seen holding a treasured pebble from the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Mrs Baldwin posed with her childhood teddy bear.
Charles Morgan was snapped with a replica pedal car and Mr Serrell is photographed with one of his favourite toys.
Other local celebrities captured on camera include racing driver Joy Rainey, Wychavon district councillor Richard Morris and St Richard’s Hospice chief exececutive Mark Jackson.
The exhibition will be on display at the Number 8 gallery in Pershore between July 11-31 before starting a tour of other county venues.
Mr Billings, from Broadway said: “The central theme for the 17 portraits is one of companionship, affection and inspiration, a special bond.
“It unites all the people who shared their memories and sat for me, whose portraits celebrate the ownership of a memento from childhood to maturity.”