Sidford artist produces scribbles of Sidmouth

New Sidmouth book captures the delights of town in watercolour ‘scribbles’

THE former head of St John’s International School, Sidmouth, has published Sidmouth Scribbles, a book of paintings that sum up the town perfectly.

Neil Pockett, 66, who lives at Trow Hill, Sidford, has taken three years to put together the watercolour pictures, which cover all aspects of the town, from its seagulls, red cliffs and seafront views to the town’s architecture, shops and floral displays.

Neil, who retired as head nearly seven years ago and now runs a company placing international students in the UK, has had 500 copies of his square format book published, and is delighted with the finished product.

His favourite page shows seagulls prising mussels from their shells.


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He said: “I walk along the seafront every morning and I’m fascinated by the way the seagulls drop mussels to get them from their shells.

“I feel there is scope for other sketches and there may be a second volume.”

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His book is available for �9.99 from Paragon Books, Sidmouth High Street.

Neil, and fellow artist Liz Flitney, will exhibit their work on Saturday and Sunday, November 19/20 at the Parish Hall, Clyst St George, to raise funds for Devon Air Ambulance.

Neil had first-hand experience of DAA when the helicopter was called to St John’s School some years ago to attend a pupil he was teaching.

Liz, who used to live near the A30 at Bridestow, added: “Without public support we would not have this vital service and many more people would die or be disabled.”

Their exhibition is on from 10am to 7pm both days and there will be original paintings, prints, cards and postcards for sale, together with refreshments.

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