THE Solihull News this week bids farewell to our well-known photographer Martin Ryan.
Martin, who has become a familiar face in and around the borough, is heading east to join the Loughborough Echo.
The veteran lensman has been with the company for over 35 years - joining the Birmingham Post and Mail at just 16. He has worked on the Solihull patch for the past nine years.
“It’s fair to say that I have enjoyed my time in Solihull and I’ve had the chance to meet a lot of interesting and friendly people,” he said.
Starting his career in advertising, Martin moved into the darkroom and became a full-fledged photographer in the 1980s.
“I spent some time on the Walsall Observer and the Sutton Coldfield News to begin with,” he explained.
“But I was coming to Solihull even then, because I would cover for other people when they were away on holiday. In fact, I was in the Mayor’s Parlour the other day and I worked out that over the years I’ve photographed about 15 mayors and mayoresses.”
During his years in the borough, the 53-year-old has had some interesting experiences - literally bumping in to the Duke of Edinburgh (the body guards weren’t happy) and playing an impromptu part in a Solihull Moors football match.
When he’s not out snapping pictures, Martin enjoys Tai Chi and recently performed at the Chinese New Year celebrations in Solihull town centre.