A MAN who took an iconic photograph of the last commercial flight of Concorde over North Devon is hoping to be reunited with 10 prints of the image which got lost in the post a decade ago.
Phil Naylor, 58, took the photograph with a telescope from his back garden in Braunton on October 24, 2003.
Now, with the 10th anniversary of the Concorde’s last commercial flight approaching, Mr Naylor hopes he can be reunited with the missing photos.
Mr Naylor donated the photograph to North Devon Hospice after it received widespread response after appearing on the front page of the Journal.
The hospice got 1,000 copies of the photo printed and mounted and sold them in its Barnstaple shop to raise money for the charity.
They decided to send the first 10 prints to British Airways and requested Concorde captain Mike Bannister sign them.
However, neither the hospice nor Mr Naylor heard back from British Airways and now the photographer fears they have been lost.
He said: “They are bound to still be in existence somewhere. It would be great if they could be reunited with their rightful owner, North Devon Hospice.
“We could do what we wanted to originally and maybe even auction them worldwide. It would be brilliant. Somewhere, someone must have numbers 1 to 10.”
Mr Naylor said he never took the image with donating it in mind.
But after it received a positive response he decided to give it to charity.
The hospice raised £10,000 by selling the prints.
He said: “It makes me proud. Any North Devonian will remember the white arrow of the Concorde going overhead.
“I just wanted a picture of it before it finished in existence.
“It was a big thing at the time. It’s a nice feeling to know there are 990 prints of my photograph knocking around homes in North Devon. It would just be nice to be reunited with the final 10. It’s all a bit of a mystery where they’ve gone.”
All of the prints were given a “farewell speedbird” title and had wording underneath describing the last flight.
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