Dad was well known for 3 main things:
Art – he was a self taught watercolour/gouache artist. After a career in the civil service he took up painting and drawing full time, mainly of railways but also local Cotswold scenes. His work has been much admired and led to him being invited to become a full member of the Guild of Railway Artists – some of Dad’s railway art is here on the Guild website: http://www.railart.co.uk/gallery/lea.shtml
(and the picture above is one of Dad’s paintings of Shap, a place I shall be passing on the walk, although hopefully not in snowy conditions!)
Music – he was also an excellent guitarist having had a short spell as a professional musician in his younger days. At school he played with a drummer who went on to become the famous Cozy Powell.
Railway Modelling – his main modelling interest over the years was in 3mm scale to a prize winning level, including the Cambrian layout ‘Glaslyn Junction’. He also liked to build 7mm locomotives both standard and narrow gauge. He also built the OO layout ‘Elmbury’ which exhibited widely in the midlands in the 1990s and still exists although in different ownership. He was also heavily involved in assisting Colin with his 009 narrow gauge model of ‘Rhyd Ddu’.
Other News stories about Dad and my walk from the Wilts and Glos Standard are here:
and below is a painting by Dad of the church in Leckhampton which he attended and where he is now buried, just to the right of this image, amongst the trees.