DOWN MEMORY LANE, August 23 2019

This photograph shows Prince Philip greeting staff and local figures at Campbeltown's oil fuel depot. Thomas, who was jetty supervisor, can be seen in the background, to the left of the prince.

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Naval veteran Thomas Mason, 87, has built up a collection of more than 1,000 photographs since he moved to Campbeltown in 1953.

Thomas, who was in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, and also worked as the supervisor at Campbeltown’s oil fuel jetty, took most of the photographs himself. He said he became interested in photography because the only other option ‘back then’ was to buy them, adding that his pay was not great!

Thomas has taken many genres of photographs, with Campbeltown buildings – many of them now demolished – fishing vessels, people, cars and animals featuring in his collection.

Here are just a few of those he shared with the Courier.