A WEARSIDE artist has landed the inaugural prize in memory of a popular club member who died recently.
Following the death of Houghton Art Club chairman Tony Lynn earlier this year, friends of his decided to create a trophy in his name for the best painting or drawing that the club’s members could produce ahead of this year’s popular Christmas Exhibition.
A former captain in the Army, Mr Lynn, of Houghton, died aged 78 in August following a long illness.
He was appointed permanent staff administration officer with the 7th Light Infantry in 1983 until he retired from the position in July 1996.
Before his death, he was involved in helping to create and put in place the memorial to the Durham Light Infantry in Durham City’s Market Place.
And the first winner of the award has been named as Gillian Coates after her depiction of the Sir Nigel Gresley steam engine wowed judges. Gillian was presented with the trophy by the Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Stuart Porthouse and his wife, the Mayoress, Marie.
Mr Lynn’s widow Margaret was also in attendance.
“It’s absolutely wonderful that the club have created this award,” said Mr Lynn’s daughter Melanie Hodgson, 41.
“It’s really nice of them to do something like that because they all appreciate everything he did for the art club in his years as chairman.”
Houghton Art Club’s Christmas Exhibition was held over two days in the town’s Welfare Hall, off Station Road.