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Exhibition celebrates old forecourts

29 November, 2013

A photographic exhibition celebrating old independent petrol stations in the West Country is currently under way in Devon.

Landscape photographer Andrew Parker has scoured Devon, Cornwall and Somerset for sites, some of which are still in use.

Parker told the Daily Mail: “Small country garages remind me of a time before much of the motorway network was complete.

“My father would religiously follow yellow Holiday Route signs through places like Tiverton, Holsworthy and Torrington to reach our holiday destination.

“During the early 1970s it was mostly an attended service and you didn’t expect the shopping opportunities of a small supermarket. The map, however, has changed, in a very short time span.

“The small country garage no longer fits onto it, superseded by road building during the 1970s and 80s, more efficient vehicles, and the seemingly never ending expansion of supermarket garage forecourts.”

Parker’s photographs are currently part of an exhibition Not 24 hours at The Wharf, in Tavistock, Devon.

To see examples of his work click here

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