Old friends pay last respects to a great photographer 

By DAVID ELIADES

Norman Potter funeral (1)

NORMAN POTTER, who made his name as a photographer at the age 22 when his photograph of Roger Bannister setting the sub-four minute mile in May, 1954 went around the world, was given a big send-off at his funeral on Tuesday, 5th September.  

He died last month at the age of 85,  a widower for many years and the father of seven children plus a dozen grandchildren.

A big crowd turned up for the service at Portchester Crematorium in Hampshire, and later for drinks and refreshments at Norman’s favourite Portsmouth haunt, the bar of the Eastney Cruising Association. 

Former colleagues from the Daily Express were among those there to see him off, including one friend who drove all the way from Brussels for the occasion. Back in Fleet Street, where ex-Express staffers normally meet in a hostelry for lunch and drinks on the First Tuesday of every month, they raised their glasses in Norman’s memory. 

**September** 2017

FAREWELL OLD FRIEND: Front row: Jeremy Gates, Cora Weston, Sydney Hulls, Peter Shirley, John Downing, Bill Orchard. Back row: Tony Sapiano, Paul Smith, Tom Smith, David Bealing, Jim Watson, John Burns Picture: BILL ORCHARD

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