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The East Anglian Air Ambulance benefits thanks to Colin Davis’ photo and The Messenger.

The Messenger cover

When an East Anglian Air Ambulance Helicopter landed in the field behind his garden, Gislingham resident Colin Davis hadn’t realised a photo he was about to take, would create such interest from both local and national media.

Following one of Colin’s photos appearing on the cover of the August issue of The Messenger, the photo was subsequently used on the BBC Look East News, and then published in the Diss Express, Bury Free Press, Daily Express and the Daily Telegraph Newspapers; as news of Prince William’s last flying mission for the EAAA went viral on The Messenger Facebook page.

Colin said – “When I took the photo, I was only interested in the helicopter, as it was unusual to have an East of England Air Ambulance landing in the field behind my house. I didn’t know who the pilot was, and even when I noticed it was Prince William, no one knew it would be his last flying mission for the EAAA. I submitted it to the magazine, as I thought The Messenger might be interested in it. Within 24 hours, the story and photo were published on The Messenger fb page and two weeks later the magazine was published.

I couldn’t believe my photo was seen by over 32,000 people within 5 days of it appearing on the Messenger Facebook page, and this resulted in numerous requests to The Messenger from the media to use my photo. Firstly, BBC Look East contacted me via The Messenger and then the Newspapers.

The result was, I received royalty payments for the usage of the photo and I have subsequently donated the money I received to the East Anglian Air Ambulance”

I want to thank The Messenger for their help in the handling of the copyright of my photo.”

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