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Yorkshire Evening Post photographer Steve Riding is celebrating 45 years of taking pictures. In the fourth of a week long series, we look back at the 62-year-old’s work. Today he recalls names and faces he has captured.

There are so many highlights over almost five decades, it makes it impossible to pick out the most memorable.



But one which springs to mind is the opening night of the Quadrophenia film, pictured, at the ABC Cinema in Leeds, in October 1979. Steve recalls: “I got there and saw there was loads of scooter boys. It was an amazing night and one I won’t forget.”

He took shots of Oakwood Central and Northern Scooter Clubs at the opening night.

Steve has photographed many famous faces over the years, but one person he always admired was the late Jane Tomlinson, Leeds mum and champion fundraiser.

Steve said: “She was just a lovely person, a one off and was great to work with. How she raised so much money is proven by the legacy she has left behind. Now there are marathons named after her.”

Oakwood Central and Northern Scooter Clubs at the opening night of Quadrophenia at the ABC cinema, Leeds October 1979

Oakwood Central and Northern Scooter Clubs at the opening night of Quadrophenia at the ABC cinema, Leeds October 1979

One professional Yorkshireman who is always a favourite to work with is sporting hero Dickie Bird. Steve says he is the ultimate gentleman and always has a chirpy word to say.

Long standing Leeds councillor and former Lord Mayor Bernard Atha is someone who Steve has captured countless times during his working days and night. He is shown here getting a soaking.

The Lord Mayor’s parade was held for many decades in city centre Leeds and attracted crowds of thousands. It is no longer held: “It was a great day out and people looked forward to it all year. It is a shame they don’t hold it anymore.”

Lee Spurling was the Leeds youngster who scored a hole in one. Steve recalled: “I was trying to create a great shot, so got a piece of drainpipe and taped grass around the end so it looked like I was under the hole. His dad had put a bet on him winning the Open.”

The Hayfield Hotel, in Chapeltown, Leeds, was demolished in November 2002. It had become a magnet for drug dealing, while levels of violence rocketed over the decade. Steve captured shots before the pub was demolished.

Another memorable rescue job was when Joseph Young, eight, trapped in a drainpipe in East Leeds in the late eighties.

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