Many people debate long and hard how to celebrate their 70th birthday.

Not retired engineer Kevin Fuller, of Dalton.

For him there was only one way to mark the occasion - with a photocall on the sea bed.

Kevin was captured in his scuba diving gear 70 feet below the waves off Lanzarote, in the Canaries, one of his favourite diving spots.

The pictures were taken with an ordinary camera, encased in a waterproof housing.

He has been diving since 1966 when he saw an advertisement for a recruiting drive by the British Sub Aqua Club in Huddersfield.

“I went along to the old Cambridge Road Baths and signed up there and then.

“Some people got to football matches as a hobby, but others wonder what attracts them. I dive in waters all over the place and it is difficult to explain the attraction.

Kevin and Dorothy Fuller, of Dalton
 

“Getting on all that gear in hot weather is a bind but once you get into the water and you get that feeling of weightlessness, it becomes so relaxing.

“I love to dive all around the coast of Britain, even though the waters are cold. People think the sea around this country is too grey for divers but that’s not the case; it’s full of surprises.

“We go to Lanzarote a couple of times a year to dive and that’s where we chose for my birthday. I have to say the 70@70 idea was not mine: I saw in one of the dive maagzines that a guy had done 90@90 to mark his 90th birthday.

“It had to be 70 feet because 70 metres is far too deep for me but the photos came out well”.

But Kevin admits his favourite dive spot is the Isles of Scilly, a few miles off the Cornish coast. He said the waters there are as good as any in the world.

Kevin, who was born in a house in Marsh, spent 42 years working at David Brown Gears at Lockwood.

He started as an apprentice engineer in 1959 but then moved to the drawing office, before retiring in 2000.

He lives with his wife Dorothy in Brooklyn Avenue, Dalton.

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