The full story behind this now world famous Derby web site
My name is Andy Savage,
I was born and raised in Derby, Derbyshire, England. This section of my
website details when, How and why this website came into existence.
These poor photos had been on my personal website for over 3 years, Then on the 16th of May 2001 I received an e-mail from a Peter Farrel in Arkansas, USA, Here's what he sent...
for the memories Andy. I left Derby in 1981 to come to Arkansas in the
States. I was born at The City Hospital, raised on Uttoxeter Road, and
then in Littleover, and went to Bemrose before girls were allowed (shame
:-( ). It was a lot of fun clicking through your site, and brought back
many fond memories. It appears that Derby has remained a very special
place. You web site is excellent, and caused me to spend almost an hour
away from my work :-).
Peters' e-mail was the catalyst for creating this website, I had just got a new digital camera and was becoming quite skilled at creating web pages so I suddenly realised that I had all that I needed to create a dedicated Derby section on my website. There were a few Derby specific websites on the internet but they all seemed either very out of date, run by companies or featured very small badly taken photographs.
I kicked off the site
by taking photographs from the top of Derby cathedral and then started
taking pictures of famous Derby buildings. I found after a few weeks of
adding photos that I was running out of web space on my free web space
domain so I decided to buy my own domain.
I bought www.absolutelyandy.com
on 12th June 2001 and created a Derby section on it. This new website
had 100mb of web space so I thought this would never fill up.
After weeks of taking
photographs and putting them on my site, I thought it would be nice to
also put a bit of history on there too. This was when things really started
to take off.
Another major point was reached around the beginning of July 2001 when my Derby section became listed in google, From this point I started to get e-mails from people around the world who used to live in Derby that had found my site and fell in love with it.
Over the months I
kept adding new areas of Derby and Derbyshire.
So all I can say is
thanks to Peter Farrel for inspiring me into creating this site.
to Peter, Thanks for inspiring me.
Click the button below to go to the main index of www.derbyphotos.co.uk
Click on the logo below to go to Peter Farell's website about his local area.
© Andy Savage