I was contacted recently by retired businessman Selwyn Franks, who used to have a stall in Swansea market. He had commissioned a local artist, Tudor Barnett to paint the history of the Mumbles Railway for a poster and was so impressed with Tudor’s talent that he felt he should be brought into the public eye.
Selwyn knew that Tudor had sadly died but didn’t know any more. This is where the power of social media comes in.
I put a picture of the poster onto Facebook and within a couple of minutes I was contacted by a lady who knew Tudor’s brother Chris. She gave me his contact details and I got in touch.
Tudor Barnett had been a Dynevor boy whose passion in life was art and music. Chris remembered that he would use exercise books to make into comic books, filled with detailed drawings – many on fantasy and super hero subjects. He also played in a local band Raven.
Tudor lacked self-esteem and didn’t have the confidence to promote his work so never followed his dream of becoming an artist. His health deteriorated, and he sadly died of heart failure at the age of 45.
Copies of Tudor’s history of the Mumbles Railway priced at £10 plus P&P are available to purchase from Selwyn Franks who will donate £5 of every sale to the local dementia charity Forget-Me-Not. They are printed on high quality paper and measure 415mm x 590 mm and are ready to frame.
Forget- Me-Not’s aim is to hold day clubs for people with dementia and their carers to meet in a social environment in a local base: to give the person with dementia and their carer an opportunity for friendship, continued access to social life and to have enjoyment in life.
If you’d like to purchase a copy of the Mumbles Railway poster call me on 01792 290486 and I will process your order.