Pic­ture per­fect town cap­tured in poster

Rochdale Observer - - SON LEFT AFRAID TO LEAVE HOUSE BY ATTACK AT SCHOOL -

AN artist who cre­ates posters of towns in­spired by vin­tage-style city ad­ver­tise­ments has cap­tured Rochdale in his lat­est work.

Father-of-two, Eric Jack­son, aged 61, chose the town as his lat­est sub­ject to co­in­cide with the launch of a new web­site for crafts­peo­ple, run by the Co-op.

He chose his favourite land­marks – the town hall and the Toad Lane Co-op store, and fo­cussed on Rochdale as the home of the Co-op­er­a­tive move­ment.

Eric, a for­mer journalist, said: “I’d meant to do a Rochdale poster two years ago, but never got round to it. Then the Co-op sug­gested I should do it to co­in­cide with the launch of their new mak­ers web­site, lo­cal. co.uk and I have.

“Of course I couldn’t ig­nore the orig­i­nal Co-op store on Toad Lane or the mag­nif­i­cent town hall. The mod­els in the poster are my neigh­bours the Cook fam­ily. The tug of war thing ties in with ‘pulls it off’ and peo­ple work­ing to­gether.”

Eric, who lives in Cale Green, Stock­port, paints towns across the north west and has cre­ated more than 50 posters. He has been col­lect­ing posters from around Europe over the past 30 years and de­cided to use the same style he had seen ad­ver­tis­ing cities like Rome, Florence and Paris, to de­pict places like Old­ham, Al­trin­cham – and now Rochdale.

He started selling his work at mar­kets three years ago and now his posters are for sale in seven shops and on­line, with celebri­ties in­clud­ing John Thomp­son and Sarah Mil­li­can hav­ing pur­chased pieces.

“Al­though I had a 36-year ca­reer in jour­nal­ism, I stud­ied at art school and was al­ways des­per­ate to pick up a paint brush again,” said Eric. “I sup­pose I am proud of my work, it seems to make peo­ple smile. I also love to bang the drum for the north.”

●●Eric Jack­son at work in his stu­dio and (inset) the poster

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