Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Photo gallery of the day the Queen opened Brighton Marina


David, who lives in Worthing, was a former editor of Beckett Newspapers (including Worthing Gazette, Littlehampton Gazette, Worthing Herald and Shoreham Herald).

These newspapers, including the Eastbourne newspapers, were part of the Johnston Press Group, now owned by National World.

David became a freelance photographer in the 1970s, working for numerous newspapers and companies.

When Brighton Marina was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on May 31, 1979, David was appointed as the official photographer for the occasion by the event’s publicity company.

David said: ‘At a busy event such as the opening of Brighton Marina, as official photographer I was quietly doing my job and so didn’t have the opportunity to speak to HM the Queen . The Queen and Duke looked like they enjoyed the occasion. “The royal visit was a great occasion for Brighton and the region, with thousands in attendance and others watching from the top of the cliff. I was very privileged to be in the front row to take pictures.

David photographed many members of the Sussex Royal Family during his career, including the Duke of Edinburgh, both at Brighton Marina and later at Gatwick Airport, the Queen Mother a regular visitor from the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home in Worthing (now Care for Veterans), Prince Charles at Arundel Cathedral, Princess Anne at Arundel Castle and Diana, Princess of Wales during a visit to Sussex in 1985 .

Scroll down to take a look at some of the photographs David took that day…


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