Llangollen Community portraits showcase clubs and societies

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Llangollen Silver Band
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Members 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.
Holy Cross Church members
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Young 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.
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Many 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.
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Photographers 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.
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Mr 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.
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Over 500 named people are featured in the book with one suggesting it could have been called "Llangollen Who’s Who?"
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Hospital staff also featured in the collection which can also be seen on a new website, llangollencommunity.co.uk

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