Musician who switched to photography

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Sheffield has lost one of its more colourful characters with the death of Neville Greenstreet – a musician turned photographer.

Neville first made his name as a drummer with the Peggy Day Accordion Band, which he joined in 1939.

Neville Greenstreet with his great-grandson Harry

Neville Greenstreet with his great-grandson Harry

The band was a popular act at local venues including the Attercliffe Palace and Victoria Hall, playing alongside Denny Dennis and other celebrities of the era.

For young Nev it proved a life-changing experience when he fell in love with the band leader, Peggy, and the couple became engaged when Nev was called up for service in the Second World War.

As a signaller in the 19th Field Regiment of the Royal Artillery, he crawled into enemy lines to cut communication lines and report on their position.

He served in France and Italy, surviving the Anzio beach landing, then returned home on leave – and married Peggy in 1945.

By this time she was working for Nev’s father, George Greenstreet, in his pharmacy and the couple made their first home above the shop in Bellhouse Road.

Nev had been interested in photography and set up a cine service, showing films in local villages. He also set up a developing and printing service for his father’s chemist shops.

This proved a huge success and over the years handled thousands of films a day for regional outlets, with regular customers including Sheffield Newspapers.

It also laid the foundations for Alpine Laboratories, which Nev set up in an outbuilding at his home in Upperthorpe.

That business was eventually overtaken by the digital age and Nev retired. But son Nigel remains a commercial photographer.

Nev is succeeded by Peggy, Nigel, two grandchildren and a great-grandson.

The funeral service is due to take place tomorrow (Friday) at 11am at Ranmoor Parish Church, followed by burial at Crookes.