West Bank photographer shares his images in an exhibition

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A PHOTOGRAPHER who has captured a myriad of images from live bands and street landscapes to crime scenes is staging an exhibition.

Widnes dad Warren Millar is displaying his work, including many local scenes, at Catalyst in Mersey Road, from August 5 to 29.

He started taking pictures as a teenager, developing and printing black and white images in his homemade dark room.

Warren, of Church Street, West Bank, said: “My mum would want to have a bath and I’d have it full of prints.

“I used to go cycling, take pictures of races and sell them for 50p each.”

Warren served his time as a joiner after leaving Faifield School, following in the footsteps of his late dad, Halton Clr Arthur Millar, who was a building foreman.

He said: “I absolutely hated it and only lasted a couple of years.”

He spotted an advert for a civilian police scenes of crime photographer and worked in Cheshire and Gloucestershire for more than 20 years.

He helped gather forensic evidence on the notorious serial killer Fred West.

Warren said:”We were always first at murders and fatal accidents.”

He gave up his job to nurse his wife, Patsy, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006.

Sadly, she developed ovarian cancer and died three years later, aged 46.

Warren added: “I took up live music gig photography. I love the challenge. One of my ambitions is to go on tour with a main band as a photographer.”

His 16-year-old son, Adam, now shares his passion and plans to study photography at college.



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