Artists brush on raising pier cash

Paul Clark's pier painting SUS-141208-110534001
Paul Clark's pier painting SUS-141208-110534001

Artists have been getting busy with their brushes to help raise funds for Eastbourne’s devastated pier.

A series of paintings have been donated to the Herald to be auctioned off for the Pier Benevolent Fund, which currently stands at around £4,500.

The first piece was painted by Thomas O’Donnell, who was visiting the town on holiday with his wife Rosemary when the fire broke out on Wednesday, July 30. They watched the drama unfold from the Haddon Hall Hotel on Devonshire Place and artist Thomas was inspired to pick up his materials and depict the fiery scene in watercolours.

Mr O’Donnell, who lives in Uckfield, then framed the finished article and delivered it back to Eastbourne to be sold in support of the fund set up to help those affected by the devastating blaze.

Paul Clark, of South Street Art Studio, painted a picture of the pier in all its former glory as a tribute to the Victorian landmark after flames gutted the entire amusement arcade and a handful of shops.

He posted the picture on the Studio’s Facebook page and was astonished with the overwhelmingly positive response his artwork received, with more than 400 ‘likes’ and almost 100 ‘shares’ in just a few hours.

As a result, Paul decided to put the original piece up for auction to raise money for the Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund.

Both pieces have been passed on to the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, which is handling the Pier Benevolent Fund. An auction will be organised in due course, details of which will be made available as soon as possible.

The Eastbourne Pier Benevolent Fund was set up to help the traders from the pier open pop-up shops around the town, buy stock and equipment and re-employ their staff.

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