HIGH Street congestion posed a regular challenge for motorists at Kington before the coming of the town’s by-pass.

The scene of chaos with tractors, buses and haulage trucks vying for space forms part of a gallery of photographs from retired businessman Dave Latham who will be presenting an illustrated talk on the subject of Kington past and present as the first in a new season of lectures organised by the Friends of St Thomas a Becket Church at Huntington.

On Saturday, April 13 at 7.30pm the well-known local entrepreneur will give a commentary on his archive of pictures as well as offering observations and insights gleaned from an original mix of historical research by Kington historian Allan Lloyd. The talk, which heralds a succession of events at Huntington, will include material gleaned from interviews, conversations and folklore.

The photographs of Kington and surrounding areas hark back to the 19th century right up to the present day, showcasing Kington life, its people, industries, transport, shops, schools, local events and celebrations.

A well-known face in the border country, Dave is a passionate photographer and his talk will include a selection of his own photographs taken over the last 40 years capturing the spirit of a community in which he has lived, worked and raised a family.

The Friends of St Thomas a Becket Church promise “something for everyone” including history, an evocation of what makes Kington special, or simply a trip down memory lane.

Tickets for the event are £10 each and available at huntingtonchurch.co.uk

Wine and canapés will be served after the event.

For further information call 07855 300175