Former Diss Express photographer Peter Lange dies aged 89

Peter Lange, of Pulham St Mary, was a photographer, parish councillor, schools governor and Rotarian. He died on December 8, 2015, at the age of 89.

Peter Lange, of Pulham St Mary, was a photographer, parish councillor, schools governor and Rotarian. He died on December 8, 2015, at the age of 89.

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Tributes have been paid to an active south Norfolk community member and former Diss Express photographer whose work captured standout moments in local history.

Peter Lange, a long-time resident of Pulham St Mary, passed away on Tuesday, December 8, at the age of 89.

Involved in the village as a parish councillor, a school governor and a Rotarian, Mr Lange enjoyed a long photography career, in which he snapped Prince Charles, the Red Devils Parachute Team over Attleborough, and The Queen Mother at the Harleston Leisure Centre opening.

Mr Lange’s eldest son Neil told the Diss Express: “Dad was a gentleman and a gentle man. He loved his family dearly, also Norwich City and his favourite holiday destination Tenerife, mostly in that order!

“During his career, he worked long and sometimes very late hours, often seven days a week. His sense of values were second to none and we are all going to miss him dreadfully”.

Born in London in 1926 and a former Bungay Grammar School pupil, Mr Lange started pursuing photography after joining the RAF in 1944, when his artistic talents were noticed by his Warrant Officer.

He then served all over the Far East in the photographic reconnaissance unit with Spitfires and Mosquitoes, up until Victory in Japan (VJ) Day.

Following the Second World War, Mr Lange set up his first studio at the family home - the King’s Head pub - and eventually established his business in Swan Lane, Harleston, in 1958.

On top of the aforementioned events, Mr Lange once visited London to photograph the Queen Mother for a presentation at St James’ Palace, while back in Norfolk, he took Miss Anglia around local businesses every year for advertising shots in the Diss Express.

He was married to his wife Betty for 58 years, and had three sons, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.