Tributes to the woman behind the wedding lens

Helen Larratt, nee Speight
Helen Larratt, nee Speight

A Kettering woman who photographed hundreds of the town’s newlyweds during a long career in photography has died at the age of 100.

Helen Larratt died on February 18 at The Willows nursing home in Market Harborough after complications arising from an operation on her hip in December.

Mrs Larratt was well-known in Kettering for running Speight Photography in Bowling Green Road.

Mrs Larratt took over the business in about 1930 while still a teenager, as her parents Charles and Florence Speight both died within months of each another.

She ran the business directly for more than 30 years until the 1960s and it continued to run for a number of years after her departure.

Her son Bob, who lives in Kibworth, Leicestershire, still owned the building until several years ago.

Mrs Larratt married her husband Rex in about 1950 and Bob was the couple’s only child. Mr Larratt, who worked in the shoe industry, died in 1990.

After her husband’s death Mrs Larratt continued to live in Kettering until just a few years ago, when she moved into a residential home in Kibworth.

She lived there until late 2012 and moved to The Willows two months before her death.

Apart from her son, she leaves behind three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Although photography was her first love, Mrs Larratt enjoyed playing golf, at Kettering Golf Club, and bridge, although her son said she outlived most of her playing partners. She also enjoyed making handicrafts.

Her funeral is tomorrow (Friday) at Kettering Crematorium at 11.15am.