Luke Campbell's mum gets new photos of gold medal moment
AN AMATEUR photographer has stepped in to provide distraught mum Jill Campbell with pictures of the moment her son clinched an Olympic gold medal.
During the excitement of Luke's amazing victory in London, Jill lost her camera containing the treasured moments of his victory.
Although the camera hasn't been returned, keen photographer Katy Parker managed to capture the precious moments.
After an appeal in the Mail last week, Miss Parker came forward with photos of Luke's success at the ExCeL Centre, along with images captured during his homecoming in Hull.
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Jill said: "They are really good photos of the medal ceremony and Luke's quarter-final, as well as him being interviewed.
"I met up with her and she put them all on a memory stick.
"To be honest, they are probably ten times better than the ones I took. I'm no David Bailey."
Jill was hoping to print off her pictures, get Luke to sign them and send them to family in France, Ireland and Holland.
She said: "The photos Katy took are very good quality and are certainly good enough to send to relatives.
"There are even some of my mum at the civic ceremony that I can send to my brothers, which I'm really pleased about."
Jill had been left with very little to remember Luke's bantamweight victory over John Joe Nevin.
She said: "Seeing Luke win that gold medal is one of the proudest moments of my life and I didn't have any mementos of it other than some shaky video on my phone.
"The camera was inconsequential, it was the photographs that mattered.
"Nothing can take that moment away and it is something I will never forget but I really wanted to have the photos to go with the memories."
Miss Parker was more than happy to help Jill out.
She said: "I was there watching the fights and obviously took a lot of Luke as a local lad.
"I have lived in Hull for 15 years and it was a huge thing for the city.
"If it had been me in Jill's position then I'd have been gutted."
Miss Parker was also hired by Hull City Council to take photographs of Luke's homecoming at Hull City Hall.
She said: "The council wanted me to take shots of the civic ceremony.
I took up photography about three years ago.
"It is something I love doing and I am hoping to get some more formal training under my belt."
Miss Parker refused any payment for the photos.
She said: "Jill wanted to pay me for the photos but I absolutely refused.
"I had been looking for Luke Campbell stamps and couldn't find any. Jill had some in her bag and gave me some, so I was delighted with that.
"I am just really pleased I could help her out and I am glad she is happy with the photos.
"She is such a nice, down-to-earth person and is just so proud of what her son has achieved."