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Superstar backs Life Thru a Lens

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 07, 2008

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A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition in a Moorlands village has been given a boost by a chart-topping singer.

Robbie Williams helped fund the Snapshot of Wetton exhibition, currently taking place at the village's St Margaret's Church until May 16, through his Give It Sum community chest.

The Stoke-born superstar's mother, Jan Williams, even attended the launch on Saturday to officially open the exhibition.

Mrs Williams, who had travelled from the Potteries, explained that her son was now in Los Angeles but had taken a personal interest in the Wetton project during a recent stay with her.

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Mrs Williams stayed for much of the afternoon and said that she would make sure that Robbie was aware of the success of the exhibition.

At the opening outside the church, Mrs Williams was introduced and thanked by Wetton Art Group member Ian Royle and was presented with a plant by Kitty, the youngest artist in the village.

Wetton Art Group gave a disposable camera to each household and holiday let in the parish to "capture village life".

Around 90 per cent of the cameras were used, with the resulting photographs edited by the art group to make up the 10 boards of images currently on show.

As well as the photographs there are numerous other works of art from the group, including six "bells" each attached to a bell rope and featuring a picture of its regular ringer. There is also a montage of the signs of Wetton.

All the photographs have been put onto a CD and are on continuous show in the church via a projector and screen.

Organisers said the official opening was 'extremely' well supported with many people returning to the exhibition for a closer look, while visitors from outside the village said it had inspired them to launch a similar project in their own communities.

The exhibition continues daily from 11am to 4pm until May 16.

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