Oban street cleaner gets royal approval

Oban street cleaner David Farrell was working during lockdown when Christopher Cox from Taynuilt stopped him and asked if he could take his photo.

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A street cleaner from Oban has been featured in a prestigious national photography exhibition backed by the Duchess of Cambridge.

David Farrell was working during lockdown when photographer Christopher Cox from Taynuilt stopped him and asked if he could take his photo.

Christopher then sent the image to the National Portrait Gallery’s Hold Still digital exhibition, where it made the final 100 portraits from almost 32,000 entries.

The exhibition is spearheaded by the Duchess of Cambridge and focuses on Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness to present a unique record of the UK’s shared and individual experiences during Covid pandemic, conveying humour and grief, creativity and kindness, tragedy and hope.

You can view Christopher’s image of David on the National Portrait Gallery website at www.npg.org.uk/hold-still/

Argyll and Bute Council’s new leader and Policy Lead for Roads and Infrastructure Services Councillor Robin Currie, said: ‘Our key workers and front line staff worked extremely hard to keep Argyll and Bute moving during lockdown, so it is brilliant to see David getting national recognition for him and his colleagues.

‘Thank you to Christopher for taking the time to submit the photograph.’