GI in Newmarket Street (2014), oil on linen, 71 x 107 cm2014
This painting was inspired by a trivial boyhood memory of meeting an American GI on the footbridge across the railway tracks situated at the head of the Grimsby street in which I was born - Newmarket St - towards the end of World War II. (The bridge dated from 1873 and was reputed to be one of the longest in Britain. It linked the West and East Marsh districts of the town.) I overcame my shyness at speaking to strangers and asked the GI - ‘Got any gum chum?’ - and he gave me some.
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