Don Tonge has worked as a freelance photographer for many years shooting Press PR and Portraits. He spent many years as front of house photographer for The Octagon Theatre in Bolton. Don has a lifelong passion for Documentary Photography and has an extensive archive dating back to the 1970s. Don’s archive heavily features the daily life of people in his home town of Bolton as well as other bodies of work including his British Seaside resort series. His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions and is now featured as part of the British Culture Archive.
About the Image
“My Dad was called George Adamou – I am Maria Adamou (now Williams). I was
about 10 years old when this picture was taken, around 1980. I’m not really sure because I was quite young but my Dad had a feud with the Police. He was a hard working Cypriot who came to the UK in the fifties and this was his café for around 30 years until his death. The police came in and beat him up, I don’t know why. He was law abiding. I don’t know if it was racism or something else. But he was very strong willed and stood up to them. Hence the signs! “