Since they were ten years old, two best friends have taken a shot in a photo booth together every five years. They just took their 50th anniversary photograph.
In honor of their 50 years of friendship, 60-year-olds Martin Dowle and Keith Laughton traveled to Skegness Station and jammed into the booth for the eleventh time.
In a Woolworths in Lincoln, Keith, a retired probation officer, and his friend Martin, a paramedic, shot the first photograph.
When they unexpectedly returned to the same store five years later, they made the decision to reproduce the original.
It’s always good, Keith claims. ‘The anticipation leading up to it and then going back into the picture booth to relive our experiences from when we were ten.’
The two adopted it as a joyful ritual, which they have continued for fifty years of photographs. Keith, preserving his British-born natural reserve, observed.
‘It’s weird to look back at two ten-year-olds with charming little innocent faces and then look at the others and think about all you go through in life together.’
It’s just a friendship that has weathered the test of time; we don’t have to talk every week or live in each other’s pockets. Martin currently resides in London, but Keith continues to reside in Bardney.