Miles Langthorne, Club Chairman of Northallerton CC and Honorary Vice-President, was taken by complete surprise at Northallerton’s Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening, which took place on Friday 17/04/15 when his service to the club over more than four decades was recognised by the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain granting him the APAGB award for service to photography.
This award is only granted to those who have given exceptional service to our hobby and in the case of service to a single club this must over a period of at least twenty-five years. At the end of the evenings normal presentations of club trophies Dave Coates, who as well as being a fellow member of the club serves on the PAGB Executive Committee as FIAP Liaison Officer stepped forward to make the announcement of the award. He opened his remarks by saying that being able to make this presentation gave him great pleasure.
Miles had joined Northallerton, certainly by 1970, although it might have been a year or two earlier. Since 1978 he had carried out three extensive stints as the club’s Syllabus Sectretary, broken only by periods when family matters had to take priority. He is still in his third period in the post some 37 years later. It was not just the length of service that gained him the award it was the outstanding nature of his work in the post, coupled to his many other services to both the club, it’s members and wider afield to the Northern Counties International Salon, and as a lecturer and judge to other clubs in the area.
The citation was completed by Dave saying that to an ever increasing degree over four decades, Miles had become the ‘beating heart’ of Northallerton CC. His efforts on behalf of and in support of other members had been exemplary and totally unselfish. Whilst recognised as one of the club’s best photographers he rarely promoted himself, preferring to push the claims of others, encouraging, advising them and then taking great pleasure when they meet with success