Posted: July 2nd, 2020
Former award-winning Daily Record photographer CRAIG HALKETT has died, aged 64. A grandfather of six and great-grandfather of one, Craig died suddenly on Wednesday, June 24  after suffering a heart attack.
Craig had an enviable career as one of Scotland’s top sports photographers, and was named Scotland’s Sports Photographer of the Year an unprecedented six times. He also won “U.K. Best Sports Photograph of the Year” two years in succession.
Craig began his career as a teenager in the Daily Record’s darkroom in 1968. After a spell on his home town paper, the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser, he joined the Evening Times in Glasgow in 1981 covering the miners’ strike and the Lockerbie disaster. He returned to the Record in 1991 as the paper’s sports photographer and had 17 award-winning years before going freelance in 2008.
Tom Brown, AMP’s life vice-president said: “Record people and photographers everywhere will be saddened by the news of Craig’s death.” Malcolm Speed, a former managing editor at SDR&SM, said: “Craig was a top photographer who was always generous with his time to those seeking advice on how to get a start in the business, or how to make the next move. He will be sadly missed in that tight band of sports photographers. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.”
Craig is survived by his wife of 48 years, Anne, 66, and children Sara, 48, and Julie, 36. His son Tom died last year, aged 41.
By PETER THOMPSON
© Peter Thompson 2021. Extracted from Cudlipp’s Circus by Peter Thompson, Kindle Edition.
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