Keen to leave a legacy to Helsby’s future generations, a community-minded man has come up with the idea of an aerial photo shoot of the village's residents atop Helsby Hill, with a little help from a drone.
Andrew Carruthers, 51, has lived and worked in Helsby all his life, and is appealing to fellow Helsby dwellers to get involved with his vision to capture a snapshot of their community in 2014.
Andrew, who works at Tesco, said: “My great-grandfather made the clock in the village. It just got me thinking what could I do to leave something to Helsby.
“I came up with this idea and got a lot of positive response from it.
“I think it’s important to have something to hand down to future generations.
“It will be a great snapshot in time to look back on and it’s good for the community to get everyone together.”
Having got the green light from the National Trust, who own the land, the photo shoot will take place at 3pm on Sunday, June 29 – weather permitting.
Andrew’s friend, a falconry expert who wishes to remain anonymous, has kindly volunteered the use of his drone camera to take the photographs.
Test shots of Helsby Hill from above have already been completed using the remote controlled device and Andrew says the quality of the photos is ‘superb’.
“The reason I chose the hill is because it’s a place of outstanding beauty and a place that us villagers hold dear to our hearts,” Andrew said.
“I also wanted to make some people aware of what they have right on their doorstep. Helsby means the world to me because of the history it holds and the fact that generations of my family are a part of that history.”
Proceeds from the sale of the photo will go towards Diabetes UK and Wirral Hospice St John’s, where two of Andrew’s friends received care.
Andrew says he’s received a lot of support from members of the Helsby group on Facebook since he posted his initial idea there at the beginning of May.
For more information, visit the event page on Facebook by searching for ‘Helsby Hill aerial photo shoot’.