Shows cel­e­brate vet­er­ans and RAF

Accrington Observer - - FAMILY ANNOUCEMENTS -

TWO spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions are be­ing held in Ac­cring­ton to cel­e­brate the RAF and art­work by mem­bers of a vet­er­ans group.

The RAF ex­hi­bi­tion at Ha­worth Art Gallery fea­tures a se­ries of old pho­to­graphs of First World War air­craft, which had been hid­den away in a drawer and for­got­ten.

The dis­play by the Vet­er­ans in Com­mu­ni­ties group show­cases a di­verse range of art­work, from paint­ings to fret­work which has been cre­ated in the many classes run by the Hasling­den-based char­ity.

Hyn­d­burn and Hasling­den MP Gra­ham Jones praised the char­ity, speak­ing at the open­ing cer­e­mony.

He said: “I have al­ways been a big sup­porter of VIC. I have been con­nected with VIC since it started and am very proud of all the sup­port that they give to the vet­er­ans.”

Gra­ham has pre­vi­ously bought a paint­ing of a mother leop­ard and her cub which was cre­ated by arts and crafts co-or­di­na­tor Dar­ren Horsnell.

Dar­ren said: “I would like to thank ev­ery­one for help­ing me to set up the ex­hi­bi­tion and to project worker Jaqui Collins who was a great help and made the first con­tact with Ha­worth Art Gallery and helped me through­out.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion will be on for six weeks and I will be re­turn­ing with more mem­bers of my fam­ily who were un­able to be there for the open­ing.

“We had a mas­sive turnout of VIC mem­bers to the open­ing and we have around 40 paint­ings in the first floor art gallery and some are for sale.

“We have also put on dis­play the work of some of the new at­ten­dees at the Bob Ross classes, which are run at the VIC Cen­tre, and it was the first time these artists had ever had a paint­ing on dis­play in a gallery.”

VIC works through­out East Lan­cashire, Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale to help vet­er­ans re­turn, be­long and pros­per in their com­mu­ni­ties af­ter leav­ing the forces or emer­gency ser­vices.

Pho­tos: Lau­ren Davies

Vis­i­tors to the VIC ex­hi­bi­tion look at some of the paint­ings on show

Mem­bers of Vet­er­ans In Com­mu­ni­ties at the launch of the art ex­hi­bi­tion at Ha­worth Art Gallery

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