In 2010 Derek Green affectionately known to many as "Old Man Green" was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer.
Born in 1933 into a Staffordshire pottery family (T.G.Green), his early years often descibed as "a Boy’s Own childhood" growing up in the countryside surrounded by vintage cars, motorcycles, wildfowling & shooting.
In 1949 he inherited a rolloflex from his grandfather and began to experiment with photography. Later at Clifton College discovering more of the "mystical art of the darkroom"
Derek was a pilot in the Fleet Air Arm in the 1950s & 60's,where he flew Sea Fires, Furies & Vixens along with 35 other types of aircraft during 12 years service with operational tours in Korea and Suez. Later joining BOAC.
In 1968 he finished flying and became an antique dealer. He founded Cedar Antiques in Hartley Wintney specializing in Country Furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries.
During this period he took great pleasure in his passion for motor cars & motorcycles, buying, restoring and racing Aston Martins, Bentleys, Invictas, Lagondas, Jaguars.
In 1986 he formed Cedar Classic Cars just outside the village of Hartley Wintney. Since that time the company has become well known for high quality restorations on all makes of vintage and classic cars, but especially Invictas and Lagondas.
In 2003, at the age of 73, he decided it was time to semi- retire, allowing him to spend more time enjoying his garden, family, his own cars and to pursue some of his many other interests.
He is fondly remembered & missed by his family and friends.
I hope the selection of photographs and words below serves as a small loving memorial to one of the greatest of men...