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Llangollen Community portraits showcase clubs and societies

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image captionMembers of more than 100 community groups in Llangollen, Denbighshire, posed for a series of group portraits to depict "how rich and varied an experience living in a small town can be". This is the Llangollen Silver Band.
image captionYoung farmers, firefighters, sports and arts clubs, Women's Institute members and church groups - including these members of Holy Cross Church - are among the societies and associations featured in the new book called Llangollen Community.
image captionMany of the 500 people featured are expected to attend a special launch ceremony on Thursday at the town hall. Meanwhile, an exhibition of their portraits are currently on show at nearby Llangollen Museum. These are members of a local gardening club.
image captionPhotographers and fellow residents Simon Collinge and Andrew Gale produced the images - including this one of firefighters - using dramatic lighting techniques and taking inspiration from the works of Dutch portrait artists Rembrandt and Frans Hals.
image captionMr Collinge said: “The book is a unique record of the people and their activities preserved for posterity providing both an historical record for the town and a fascinating guide for visitors." This photo shows the Welsh Conversation Group.
image captionOver 500 named people are featured in the book with one suggesting it could have been called "Llangollen Who’s Who?"
image captionHospital staff also featured in the collection which can also be seen on a new website, llangollencommunity.co.uk

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