Heathrow has today released an exclusive interview with Dennis Stone, the airport’s longest serving photographer, recounting a career that has spanned seven decades.
As Heathrow also celebrates its 70th anniversary, it has been the ever-present Dennis who has captured many of the airport’s historic moments as well as the travels of some of the world’s best known personalities, including Elton, Princess Diana and the Beatles.
The 84-year-old started off as a messenger boy when he was 14, so has since been witness to Heathrow’s own journey over the last seven decades. His pictures have been regularly featured in the national newspapers and he also appeared in the BBC television series Airport, with the early programmes being written around his activities as the ‘godfather’ of celebrity photography.
Dennis said: ‘’Anyone who is anyone travels through Heathrow. I feel very fortunate to have be part of Heathrow for the past 70 years carrying out a job I see less as work and more as a passion. I have made many good friends here and been privy to a world that has allowed me to capture unique moments and events.’’
John Holland-Kaye, the airport’s CEO, stated: ‘‘Over the last 70 years, Dennis has witnessed phenomenal advances in aviation while photographing Heathrow’s transformation from a small airfield to the UK’s hub airport. Dennis is a fantastic ambassador for the airport and we at Heathrow are extremely proud to count him as part of our family.’’
The ”Godfather of Heathrow” has long been a much loved member of the airport community – in 2010 the airport presented him with the ‘Key to Heathrow’ as a sign of the community’s gratitude for Dennis’ work and a celebration of his loyal tenure.
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