Tom flying high with his latest art exhibition

Artist Tom Newstead.'REF 2611143091
Artist Tom Newstead.'REF 2611143091

A local artist is making his own tribute to those who fought for their country during the Second World War.

Tom Newstead has put together an exhibition featuring sculptures, artwork and painting featuring machinery and scenes from the war.

Tom, who was born in 1947, said he wanted to pay tribute to those who fought during the Second World War, including his uncles – one of whom was a tail gunner in a Lancaster bomber.

Among the sculptures he has create are a Spitfire and a Lancaster Bomber which have been created from wood Tom found washed up on the beach at Seaton Sluice.

Tom said: “The whole set took about 18 months to carve.

“I was born in 1947. We’re post-war children, I wanted to do something to remember those who lost their lives.”

The exhibition features 30 carvings relating to the War and around 45 paintings, with contributions from other local artists.

A special event took place last Friday to mark the opening of the exhibition, which is on display at the Waterford Arms pub, in Seaton Sluice, until the end of January.

A percentage of the takings will go to the RNLI and the Church of Our Lady in Seaton Delaval.