‘I’ll give up when I die’ - aerial photographer vows to carry on despite not renewing pilot’s licence

Aerial view of Reedham Norwich covered in snow. Picture: Mike Page

Aerial view of Reedham Norwich covered in snow. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

He has captured some of the most magnificent pictures of Norfolk from above.

Hickling Broad. Picture: Mike Page

Hickling Broad. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Archant

Yet although he has decided not to renew his pilot's licence, legendary aerial photographer Mike Page has vowed not to give up taking shots of some of the most unique views of our region.

For last 50 years, the 78-year-old has taken photos of the Norfolk and Suffolk landscape from the cockpit of his plane.

But a medical condition affecting his legs means he will have little chance of passing a medical examination, which is vital if he wishes to renew his pilot's licence.

'It's not worth going to the expense of trying to get a medical with my legs,' he said.

Aerial view of Norwich Cathedral. May 2018. Picture: Mike Page

Aerial view of Norwich Cathedral. May 2018. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page


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'But I won't pack it up, I will just fly with others.

'I'll be carrying on the aerial photography too. I absolutely love it and I've done it so long that it is part of my life now, so I don't see myself giving it up anytime soon – I'll give it up when I die.'

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Mr Page's photographic library now contains more than 140,000 images and his photography books have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Big C and lifeboat organisations.

Many of his pictures have been published in books, such as Norfolk Coast from the Air, Suffolk Coast an Aerial Journey and Norfolk's Heritage Railway.

Aerial view of Norwich City Hall. Picture: Mike Page

Aerial view of Norwich City Hall. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

His latest book is titled The Broads National Park from the Air and it takes readers on an A to Z birds-eye journey over the rivers, fens and marshes, from Acle to Great Yarmouth and from Alderfen to Wroxham Broad.

Mr Page does not take a penny of the money he earns from his photography and instead donates all of it to charity. He estimates that he has now donated around £200,000.

For him the work is all about the passion for flying and for East Anglia. Despite having taken more than 100,000 pictures of the region, he says it continues to fascinate him.

'Every day is different and every minute of the day is different,' he said.

Carrow Road. Picture: Mike Page

Carrow Road. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

'The light changes, the position you are moving over the landscape is always different so I never run out of things to photograph – I take about 400 or 500 pictures every time I shoot.

'It is good to show people what I do and I love people seeing my work.'

Hales roundabout. Picture: Mike Page

Hales roundabout. Picture: Mike Page - Credit: Mike Page

Aerial shot of Scroby windfarm. Picture: Mike Page.

Aerial shot of Scroby windfarm. Picture: Mike Page. - Credit: Mike Page

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