Sheringham widow dedicates first photography exhibition to her late husband

One of Mrs Bignell's pieces, Cromer beach. Picture: Sue Bignell

One of Mrs Bignell's pieces, Cromer beach. Picture: Sue Bignell - Credit: Sue Bignell

A Sheringham widower is looking to make her passion her profession as she launches her first exhibition, displaying beautiful shots of the North Norfolk coastline.

Sue Bignell will be launching her photography exhibition on Monday, July 17 running until July 22, and will be dedicating the show to her late husband Derek who died in December last year.

The mother of one will be donating an amount of the proceeds made by the exhibition to Kidney Cancer UK, to help fund research into the disease.

Mrs Bignell said: 'I'm excited but sad at the time because it's so poignant.

'I didn't go out for a while after Derek died because it felt strange to go back to all the places that we had gone together, but I picked myself up and knew I had to get on with it, as people do.'

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Mrs Bignell moved to North Norfolk four years ago, having dreamed of retiring to the coast with her husband for years.

She said: 'We'd been holidaying up here three or four times a year for about five years, and when Derek's job changed so he could work from home we thought it was our chance.

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'When my husband died I could've moved back down to Hemel Hempstead which is where we lived before moving. But I just love it here, this is where Derek and I wanted to be and this is where I'll stay. I love the area, I love the beaches and I also photograph the wildlife reserves that are up here.'

Mrs Bignell previously worked in accounting in Watford.

She said: 'He'd be really really proud if he saw what I was doing. He'd be proud if he'd seen the calendar I produced last year but I think he'd be even prouder of this. I'm sure he's looking down and watching.'

The amateur photographer doesn't yet know how much she will be donating to charity, she said: 'Well it depends how much is raised because I have to pay for a lot of the materials and such, but I will definitely be donating an amount.'

Mrs Bignell's exhibition will be shown at the Belfry Centre for Music and Arts in Overstrand from Monday, July 17. Admission is free.

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