Best friends have taken passport photos together every five years for 50 years

Keith Laughton and Martin Dowle took their first photo together as ten-year-olds during a trip to town and repeat the trip every five years by getting another picture taken

Martin Dowle and Keith Loughton, now aged 60, have been taking photos together since they were 10

Martin Dowle and Keith Loughton (left), now aged 60, have been taking photos together since they were 10

Two best friends have taken passport photos together for 50 years to celebrate their special relationship.

Retired probation officer Keith Laughton, 60, and paramedic Martin Dowle, 60, started the tradition when they were ten years old during a trip to Woolworths.

By coincidence, the pair found themselves in the same store five years later and decided to repeat their picture – turning it into a tradition.

On Wednesday the friends, who met when they were eight and are both now 60, will take their 50th anniversary photo during a visit to Skegness.

Keith said: “We’ve always been close.

“I mean there are months that we don’t speak but all I have to do is pick up the phone and we pick up where we left off.







Here the two are when they were aged 10 and started the tradition
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Martin Dowle / Keith Loughton SWNS)







In the same Woolworths store aged 15 they decided to take a pic together
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Martin Dowle / Keith Loughton SWNS)

“That’s just fifty years of friendship. It’s a special relationship.

“I have the full set of photos in an envelope with a sign saying ‘do not destroy’.

“I don’t think Martin has them all, so I sent him a collage of them all a few years back.”







Martin and Keith are seen here together aged 20
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Martin Dowle / Keith Loughton SWNS)







Here are the two again aged 25 and continuing the tradition
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Martin Dowle / Keith Loughton SWNS)

The pair met aged eight when Keith went to introduce himself to Martin after he moved to his village of Bardney.

While Keith still lives there, Martin now lives in London.

During their lifetime friendship the pair lived together, brewed beer in Martin’s back garden aged 15, and shared a tent at Glastonbury.

Keith said: “We both get excited and start planning it, and then we realise it means another five years has gone by.







Martin and Keith when they were aged 30
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Martin Dowle / Keith Loughton SWNS)







Here are Martin and Keith aged 40
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Martin Dowle / Keith Loughton SWNS)

“I would describe Martin as a lovely laid back guy. Nothing phases him and his job isn’t something I could have ever done.

“Sometimes it’s almost as if he’s horizontal, with how relaxed he gets.”

“The 55th photo was interesting because we went to the local train station – quite late at about 8pm.







Martin and Keith together aged 45
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Here are Martin and Keith five years ago when they were 55
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Martin Dowle / Keith Loughton SWNS)

“As we got there, it was packed, and a train was just coming in, so we sulked in the shadows for about 20 minutes and sneaked into the photobooth.

“We must have looked a bit strange – two fully grown men sneaking into a photo booth together.

“We did have a joke where if one of us passes away, we would hold a photo or cut out of the other one to keep it up – hopefully that won’t be any time soon though.”

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