About the Photographer | Don Tonge
Don Tonge has pursued a lifelong passion for Documentary Photography with an extensive archive dating back to the early 1970s. Don’s archive heavily features the daily lives of working class people in his home town of Bolton, as well as other bodies of work including his British Seaside resort and Day at The Races series.
Don’s work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions throughout the UK and is part of the BCA touring exhibition ‘Life in the North – 1970s-1980s.’
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! “