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Were you in Peterborough 30 years ago? If so you may have been snapped by a photographer looking to recreate his original shots.

Chris Porsz has put together a calendar of photos he took in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the city.

Each photo captures a moment in the life of Peterborough in locations such as the train station and Bridge Street.

Chris is hoping to find the people in his images in an attempt to replicate the scenes.

Thanks to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire a couple who feature in the November photo have been put in touch with the photographer.

Tony and Sally Wilmot
Tony and Sally Wilmot met at York University

The image shows a young man and woman kissing through the open window of a train at Peterborough station.

Kevin Wilmot contacted the Paul Stainton Peterborough Breakfast Show to say that the couple was his brother, Tony, and future wife Sally.

Tony said they did not know they had been snapped all those years ago: "We had no idea this picture had been taken.

"I got a letter from my mum and dad this week, they had put a cutting from the Peterborough Evening Telegraph in it and there was the picture of us."

The pair now live in Lichfield, Staffordshire, where they are both head teachers and have been put in touch with Chris, who captured their kiss in 1982.

"It all started at York University," said Sally about their first meeting. "We got talking in the snack bar over a cheese and pickle sandwich."

Peterborough
Bridge Street features regularly in the photos

The photo captures the moment before Tony set off for his first teaching job in Essex after they had visited his parents in Peterborough.

They were married a year later and now have two children.

Tony admits they are keen to recreate the original shot: "That blue Guernsey [sweater] I'm wearing in the photo, I'm sure that's in a drawer somewhere.

"It will take a while for me to grow my hair that long though."

Watch: The recreated 'kiss' photo video at the top of this feature.

Chris meanwhile is still to keen to contact other people who feature in the calendar.

He said: "The idea is to recreate some of these shots thirty years later to see what time has done to them, and to me as well."

One particular photo he wants to reshoot features a policemen and a young boy on Bridge Street.

"The policeman has been identified as chief superintendent David Harvey," he said. "The boy would be in his 40s now. I would love to get those two together."

You can see photos from the calendar in our gallery:

And if you think you know someone who features in it send an email to cambridgeshire@bbc.co.uk




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