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Evocative pictures recall much-loved coffee shop owner

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Evocative photographs of a much-loved coffee shop owner, captured by an artist 30 years ago, have been given a new lease of life by her son thanks to the expertise of the same college tutor.

Liz Falconer committed the images of Roy Blacklaws and Tradewinds in Nelson Street, Stroud to film as part of her Stroud College art foundation course in 1992.

This week her son Amory Falconer, 18, developed them again. He is specialising in photography, studying Level 3 Art and Design at its successor, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Roy set up Tradewinds Tea & Coffee Co after retiring from Archway School,  Paganhill, where he taught metalwork and woodwork.

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The shop opened in the late 1980s and ran until 2000 but its unique style lives long and fondly in the memories of many in Stroud. He passed away in December 2013, aged 73.

Stained glass artist Liz, who runs Liz Dart Stained Glass  Liz Dart Stained Glass | Facebook in Nailsworth, said: “Roy welcomed us college students in to Tradewinds when we didn’t have much money but were full of ideas – he readily agreed to the shoot and to see these photos again brings back cherished memories of Roy and my time at Stroud College.”

She paid tribute to SGS College tutor John Stadnicki, who taught her and Amory many photographic skills including developing film – 30 years apart. Amory is in his final year and is building his portfolio https://amoryfalconerstudio.com/ as he takes his first steps towards a career in photography, art and design.

“Stroud College was the best two years of my educational life,” said Liz. “We have both been given a brilliant start to our careers and I will always be grateful for that.”

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