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Tom rides into sunset; AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER RETIRES AFTER 44 YEARS WITH EVENING TELEGRAPH.

THE man who captured one of Britain's most sought-after images on film has taken his last photograph for the Evening Telegraph.

After nearly 44 years with the company and three prestigious awards, Tom Moore has retired.

He joined the group as a 16-year-old apprentice in September, 1955, and is one of only a few remaining employees who was working for the Evening Telegraph when builders were laying the foundations at the Corporation Street offices.

He worked for the Evening Telegraph in Coventry and Leamington and travelled all over the country to cover stories before starting work at sister paper the Coventry Citizen.

He said: ''I have thoroughly enjoyed myself at the paper. One of the greatest times was in the 60s when the Telegraph was one of the first newspapers in the country to use colour.

''We used to cover all the important events and I can remember going to shows such as Top of the Pops and visiting football games - it was marvellous.''

In June 1981, Tom captured a photograph of a street in Britain overrun with heavily armed police.

The police squad, wearing bullet-proof vests and carrying rifles, were hunting a Bonnie and Clyde-style couple in Lutterworth.

Despite photographers being held back by police, he captured a remarkable picture which appeared on the front page of The Sun.

Tom won the Midlands Press Photographer of the Year Award in 1978, the General Post Office Award in 1980 and was Volvo Bus Photographer of the Year in 1982.

He will now spend his time with his family and will continue his much- loved hobby of taking photographs of buses.
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Author:Mackenzie, Jenny
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 1, 1999
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