A new exhibition that chronicles the life of people in the Fens in the eighties has opened in Wisbech.

Forget power suits, yuppies, phones the size of a brick, Wham! and Mrs Thatcher - if you came to the Fens in the 1980s as roving photographer there was plenty of subject matter.

Locals were happy to tell Gerry Broughton their stories, which he included in the text under each beautifully-shot black and white image, taken with a 1908 mahogany and glass-plate camera.

If you were around the Fens back then you're bound to find a scene or face you recognise, and if you weren't, it doesn't matter.

The show, at Wisbech and Fenland Museum is open from June 14 to July 22, and shows the unique identity and beauty of Fenland.

Outsiders Gerry found included Tony, pictured with the pushbike he escaped on from stressful London life and the caravan he'd settled in on the river bank at Laddus Drove, Fridaybridge.

Wisbech Standard: Young Londoner Tony and the bike he escaped to the Fens on.Young Londoner Tony and the bike he escaped to the Fens on. (Image: Gerry Broughton)

Vic, another Londoner, and his dog Smudge are pictured on their annual six-week holiday camping near the Dog in a Doublet lock at Whittlesey, where he fished for eels and jellied them on the spot for his favourite breakfast.

Locals include Jackie, whose fruit and veg stall at Guyhirn was photographed in 1988 just as a new elevated road and bridge were being built that would carry her A47 passing trade out of range, and Ken, outside an old railway carriage at Holbeach Drove where he was born and still lived.

There's no theme or political agenda – Gerry says he was deliberately random, coming upon scenes and people that interested him in the landscape he loved.

Visit Wisbech and Fenland Museum to see the free exhibition from Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Adults not in full-time education will be charged £5 for an annual free pass