RANDOMLY-chosen people from across Blackburn and Darwen are the stars of an unusual photography exhibition at Darwen Library.

Michael Fenton’s ‘Usual Faces, Unusual Record Sleeves’ features people holding records from Blackburn DJ Lez Scott’s collection.

Mr Fenton, an amateur photographer who has staged two previous exhibitions, said the idea came from Mr Scott, with whom he performs in popular band Blowjangles.

The 63-year-old father-of-two, who lives with his wife, Jenni, in Dukes Brow, Blackburn, and has four grandchildren, simply approached people in the street and asked if they would pose for the exhibition. He said: “Why it should occur to anyone to ask random strangers to be photographed holding disparate record sleeves isn’t very clear. Only Lez has the answer to that one.

“Nevertheless, there is joy here. Very few people refused and, as can be seen, the subjects showed a great sense of humour and a love of life.Apart from reminding us of some of the records that played a part in our youths, these photographs are a reminder of the diversity of people in this area. Our thanks go to all who took part and to the staff at Darwen Library.”

The display runs at the Knott Street library until January 24.