Southwold paintings to be auctioned to boost Help for Heroes funds

Local artist Ron Hemp (centre) has painted Southwold Harbour.The painting is to be auctioned to raise funds for Help fo Heroes.  Simon Tobin (left) and David Ball from the boating lake cafe help hold the art work. Local artist Ron Hemp (centre) has painted Southwold Harbour.The painting is to be auctioned to raise funds for Help fo Heroes. Simon Tobin (left) and David Ball from the boating lake cafe help hold the art work.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
4:04 PM

It is began as an artistic labour love and has taken three years to complete.

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But artist Ronald Hemp’s eye-catching paintings of Southwold are set to provide a major boost for injured servicemen and women, after being put up for sale to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

The three 4ft-long acrylic paintings – showing scenes from the town’s harbour and the River Blyth – are being displayed at Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom with people invited to leave sealed bids as part of the auction in aid of the armed forces charity.

People will have bid a minimum of £200 for each painting, or £500 for all three, and for the next three Fridays the highest bid submitted during the week will be made public and carried over.

Mr Hemp, 87, of Stradbroke Road, Pakefield, said: “I thought the paintings would be quite valuable and I wanted to do something to support Help for Heroes as there are young people in the forces who have been badly hurt – some of whom have lost limbs. We should all we can to help them.”

To create his paintings, Mr Hemp made sketches on strips of wallpaper and took photographs of the three tranquil scenes. He then worked on them for about half an hour every day.

Explaining his choice of subjects, Mr Hemp said: “When people talk about Southwold they mention the pier or the lighthouse and don’t talk about the river and harbour, which I think are absolutely fantastic.”

Mr Hemp was supported in his fund-raising project by Simon Tobin, the deputy mayor of Southwold, David Ball, from the boating lake, and Graham Denny, of Southwold’s Buckenham Galleries.

Anyone who cannot make it to the boating lake and tearoom can send a sealed bid in writing to: Southwold Boating Lake and Tearoom, North Parade, Southwold IP18 6BN.

• To find out how high the bidding has reached, ring Mr Ball on 07771 781739.

• Are you raising money for charity? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk

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