MORE than 700 people visited the first photographic exhibition in Bradford on Avon organised by the town’s University of the Third Age Photographic Group last weekend.

Around 30 members staged the exhibition at the West Barn on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22. It was opened by Bradford on Avon mayor, Cllr David Garwood.

Visitors were able to view some 70 images of work by the group’s members, who are all retired or semi-retired but enjoy learning new skills and techniques in order to produce a cracking picture.

Jon Durrant, leader of the Bradford on Avon U3A Photographic Group, said "It was an outstanding success for our first exhibition, and I am extremely proud of the Group".

One of the group members, Marion Dewar, said: “It was an amazing weekend. We had more than 700 people through the door over the course of the two days of the exhibition.

“We hung about 70 pictures on the Friday, and during the weekend, we managed to sell around a third of our members’ work.”

The Bradford on Avon U3A Photographic Group began four years ago and now has 30 members who meet once a month in the Avon town centre.

They are able to show their photographs, get constructive criticism and obtain explanations about their work. They also run Photoshop workshops and location visits for improving techniques such as night shoots, street photography and close up photography.

The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a national organisation for retired or semi-retired people which offers a wide range of activities to those wishing to learn about different skills.

The range from languages to architecture, music to history and archaeology and coach trips, while also making new friends.

Further information from Marion Dewar, U3A Photographic Group, on 07836 568501, or email, or log onto