artist in Cambridgeshire

Worn Out Member!

Ely-i magazine
September/October 2015

I used my 1931 Morris Minor twice in the summer to advertise Ted Coney's Family Portraits.

On Friday 3rd July I stood in the market square beside the car in sweltering conditions for five hours, giving out flyers about my pop-up gallery. I should have known better, because although the car appears in some of my paintings, all it did was to attract men of a certain age, reminiscing about the cars they had owned over the years.

My advertising strategy was more subtle when I took the car to Aquafest. This time, as well as delivering the Mayor to the opening ceremony, I was also using the Morris to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal by allowing the public to be photographed with the car, in return for a donation. Another exhausting day as I was there for ten hours.

When I came to leave, the battery was flat and I couldn't get the damn thing started! Luckily I have been in the AA for over fifty years and a charming chap arrived and quickly sorted in out.

When I asked him if he could follow me home, just in case the car stopped again, he said he would as long as he could take a photograph. When I looked at his breakdown report later, he had written 'Battery flat and couldn't be started by handle. Member worn out.'

I knew exactly what he meant!


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