Lighting the maritime way 4th – 29th January
We’ve had our third weekend manning The Greenwich Gallery where we welcomed a host of visitors from far and wide to view my 23 images celebrating 500 years of Trinity House.
We were indeed honoured to welcome both Trinity House Elder Brethren and Younger Brethren, and savoured their in-depth knowledge and assistance in upgrading the images and providing even more material to illustrate the newer activities introduced into this historic institution – hopefully to be of use during the 500th year old anniversary.
Other worthies included Richard Doughty from the Cutty Sark and Piet van der Merwe from the National Maritime Museum, and Sheila Macrae from the United Nations Staff Association, who gave me a memento of Empire Fowey
– a P&O-run troopship on which we seemingly travelled out together to Aden (a night-time arrival embedded in my sea time memory) back in 1952 or so!!
On Saturday Judy and I were so pleased to see a reassuring small queue of punters collecting their pre-ordered prints. In celebration, the ‘pair of pigeons’ struck out maritime folk tunes which attracted a medley of old and young into the Gallery for a toe tapping hour or two. Also prearranged was a reunion of fellow Regent Street Poly art students from some 60 years ago, both having survived as successful free-lancers: Lawrence Broderick, the sculptor of the giant bull in Birmingham’s Bull Ring together with my great chum Peter Edwards, also a sculptor and illustrator. We enjoyed a very jolly supper at Crane Street.
Likewise on Sunday, we welcomed new and old friends to another happy day at the Gallery before repairing to Zizi’s on the pier to a well-earned pizza.
We were flattered by the passage of HMS Arun of the Grey Funnel Line on her way out on the ebb tide. Next weekend the 25th/26th will be the last opportunity for us to welcome you in Greenwich. Hopefully the exhibition will move on to other suitable venues which Tony Othen can organise on my behalf – welcome all!!