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Studley garage mural of Captain Sir Tom Moore goes under the hammer

Ross Crawford 12th Feb, 2021

A GARAGE door in Studley featuring a painting of Captain Sir Tom Moore is to go under the hammer – with all funds raised going to the NHS.

Painted by Daryl and Claire Lancaster at their Watts Road home, the tribute was done in the summer when Captain Sir Tom triumphantly completed his challenge to do 100 laps of his garden before he was 100 years old – in the process raising an astounding £39million for the National Health Service.

Then, following the death last week from Covid of the Second World War veteran – who became a symbol worldwide of the fighting spirit of the British in the face of adversity – the painting has become something of a shrine for the hero.

“It seemed a crazy idea to sell off the garage door, but even if we raise just £100, it will have been worth it,” said schoolteacher Claire.

“We thought about asking for donations for it or holding a raffle, but in the end we hit upon auctioning it off.”

They were helped in making the decision by Fort Doors of Castle Bromwich, who offered to fit a new garage door for them free of charge.

Meanwhile Littleton Auctions in Evesham agreed to waive their sellers fee, so that every penny raised would go to the NHS.

“Daryl drew the outline of Captain Sir Tom on the garage by projecting a couple of images we had of him through a projector,” said Claire.

“We both then painted him in.

“When he passed away we saw people walking down the drive, and asking if they could leave some flowers there – it was really touching.”

The garage door auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 6, and will take place online at www.littletonauctions.com and it will be the first item on the list.

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