Well known railway artist, Paul Thurston, has presented a painting of the historic locomotive, Crewkerne, to the Friends of Crewkerne Station. The painting, which shows the locomotive named after the town’s railway station in its rebuilt condition, was accepted on behalf of FOCS by Crewkerne Mayor, Kathy Head. The original painting, showing the famous locomotive at the station and commissioned when the artist was living in the area, is on display at Crewkerne Museum.
Paul Thurston had previously given his permission to FOCS for an image of the Crewkerne locomotive, in its original form as a ‘Spam Can’ to be used in a banner over the Old Pumphouse at the railway station. FOCS Secretary, Gail Coleshill said: “Paul very kindly gave us permission to use the image of the original painting and then much to our delight, he offered to give us another painting of the same locomotive in its rebuilt condition. We were honoured the Mayor Kathy Head agreed to come up to the station to receive the painting from Paul Thurston. We have asked her if the painting can be displayed in Crewkerne Town Hall for our next exhibition.”
FOCS will be holding an exhibition in the town hall and at the station to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the station opening, from 19th to 23rd October. Please adhere to the Covid-19 health, safety and social distancing regulations that will be in place and only visit the indoor exhibitions if well, also keeping to the ‘rule of six.’ The featured photo, provided by FOCS, shows Mayor Kathy Head, FOCS Secretary Gail Coleshill, FOCS Historian Mike Frackiewicz and Paul and Chris Thurston outside of the Old Pumphouse.