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JCB snapper celebrates 50 years of capturing famous faces

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ROYALTY, soap stars and Prime Ministers have been among the famous faces gracing JCB over the last 50 years – and Michael Lee has been there to capture it all.

To celebrate his 50 years of service, the JCB photographer unleashed a living reminder of his milestone on the lake at the JCB World Headquarters, in Rocester.

It’s been a tradition for the past 45 years for the JCB lakes to be re-stocked with wildfowl to bring some colour to the natural environment.

Among the breeds chosen to be released on to the lakes were aptly-named Golden Eye ducks – in honour of Mr Lee’s golden service anniversary with the digger giant.

The 70-year-old joined JCB on April 13 and he is only the fourth employees to have ever attained the 50 year service milestone since the company was founded in 1945.

Mr Lee, of Uttoxeter, said: “I can’t actually believe it’s 50 years since I joined JCB and I’ve had a fabulous time here and have photographed virtually everyone of note who has ever walked through the door, from royalty to politicians to film stars.

“It makes a change for me to be the other side of the camera today but it’s lovely that there’s a living reminder on the lake of my 50 years’ service.”

The lake in front the World HQ started life as a humble pond before the area was landscaped in 1969.

JCB added the lake and its two neighbouring one are hailed as one of the most impressive examples of industry in harmony with nature.

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