The personality behind some of Liskeard’s most popular traders is being brought to life with a fantastic photography project commissioned by the Town Team.
Local photographer, Stephen Tolfrey, is creating a series of 35 eye-catching narrative portraits. Each of the traders is being captured in their retail setting in ways that also reflect their personal passions and personalities.
Tristram Besterman, from the Town Team, has been putting the project together and said: “Our recent photograph of Dean Petvin-Moore, from Liskeard Carpets, his wife Nicola and horse Disney, encapsulates what we are trying to achieve with this project. It’s a brilliant example of a trader bringing together their two greatest passions of the business and horse riding.”
The images will be displayed online and in print to project a lively image of Liskeard as a place full of character with friendly people. The shots will be uploaded to a new website coming soon, http://www.yourLiskeard.co.uk, and participating traders will also be able to use the images on their own websites.
The photography project is just one of the many initiatives introduced by Liskeard Town Team as part of its ongoing commitment to give the town a boost. A portion of the £100,000 awarded under the Portas Pilot programme from the government is being used to help support the project.
The Town Team itself is made up of volunteers, giving their time and energy free of charge. An interim report outlining the Town Team’s progress over the past 12 months can be viewed here Liskeard Checks In June 2013
Chair of the Town Team, Sally Hawken, said: “We are extremely proud of what has been achieved so far, such as the fantastic evening markets organised to bring people into the centre of Liskeard, coinciding with later opening hours for traders. This interim report outlines the hard work undertaken by Town Team volunteers and what we have learnt through trying out our ideas.”
A jam packed line up of summer events is planned throughout July, August and September, including festivals focusing on local food and drink, live music, comedy, children’s entertainment and more.
Professional event companies have been brought in to work with volunteers on events including a pop up Carnival Café, Liskeard Live and Liskeard Loves Food, which should provide a huge draw for people living not only in the town, but across Cornwall and even into Devon.
As Denise who runs Zero2Vintage in the Cattle Market is fond of saying, everyone can be part of the Town Team, so if you want to get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.