This is where I will enter any news I have - a sort of blog and diary. I'll put any events and dates of shows I'll be appearing at so please keep checking back.
In 2017 and now 2018 I have surprisingly not attended TankFest at Bovington Tank Museum. This is mainly down to two reasons:
1. The museum have decided that indoor traders may now only trade in the Tank Story Hall and not the entrance where people were used to finding me. This is of course their perogative however, there is not sufficient footfall in this hall during events to facilitate the sales I need to cover my costs in stocking my artworks and ceramics etc and hopefully make a bit of profit on top. If the Royal Tank Regiment Regimental shop is in attendance they do take a very limited supply of my products with them but, I can't stress enough - LIMITED.
2. Last year also saw me relocate back to my hereditary homeland - The Westcountry so, time being so limited I was unable to move house while ensuring I was in a position to manufacture the stock I'd need to satisfy my loyal fans.
I hope to return to catch up with my friends at the museum but, to do so will mean me finding a method of being able to trade outdoors in the traders area near the entrance. Tents always sound great until you sell loads of paper based items such as my prints. However, now I'm based in the Westcountry, it does open up a whole new area to trade in so, if you organise an event or know of someone who does, and you think it may be worth my while to trade there, why not drop me an email? Who knows? Perhaps I could be trading near you soon!!
March 2019 - I'm proud to introduce a great guy to you, this is Fred Preston. Through Facebook and Our Regimental Page for 3rd Royal Tank Regiment I got to know Fred's daughter Sharon.
Some time ago I presented to a veteran of 3RTR, who lived through this infamous battle, an original sketch of B Sqn, 3RTR during day 1 of Operation Goodwood in 1944 where the Regiment advanced on well prepared German Positions as part of 'Monty's' plan to break out of the Normandy pocket and advance then taking Caen. 3 RTR suffered massive losses that first morning then regrouping to resume the advance.
Through Sharon I learned that Fred was also a veteran actually there in a recconnaisance role right through Normandy and until the end of WW2 with C. Squadron 3RTR.
I decided nothing would be more apt than to present the picture of a C Squadron Sherman and Sherman Firefly above to Fred having signed and dedicated it to him and for posterity within the care of his family. The photo shows Fred displaying his medals earned during that terrible time including his Légion d'Honneur Medal recently presented to him by the French Government with my original sketch which, though now a victim of dementia, prompted him to exclaim how he remembers Goodwood as here, he starts to raise his hand in a salute.
Thankyou for being there Fred, in the nations moment of need you bravely stood up to be counted, part of that brave band of men, a breed apart, Tankies and, you're still part of that crew!!
For those interested the Goodwood pictures are still available on the prints page either individually or as a set of three.