TV praise for our painter pair

Shane Johnstone and Kate Drummond with their striking artwork on the old electrical box behind the Midland. Photo by Jonathan Bean (www.beanphoto.co.uk)
Shane Johnstone and Kate Drummond with their striking artwork on the old electrical box behind the Midland. Photo by Jonathan Bean (www.beanphoto.co.uk)

A duo of Morecambe artists whose brush strokes are revamping the resort have become TV stars.

Shane Johnstone and Kate Drummond appeared on BBC1 regional news programme Inside Out on Monday talking about their makeover of old Morecambe buildings with bright and colourful murals.

Their work includes repainting the old electricity sub station at the back of the Midland with an eye-catching sign called ‘Trip the Light Fantastic’.

They also created a stunning mural paying tribute to Morecambe’s old Super Swimming Stadium on a former toilet block near where the outdoor pool used to stand.

This painting says ‘Take the Plunge’ in large lettering as the duo wanted their work to display positive messages.

And Shane and Kate also repainted the old Palladium Cinema ‘ghost sign’ on the side of the old Office building on the seafront, currently being renovated into flats.

The duo are also working on a painting on new public toilets near The Battery.

“I hope they bring something uplifting,” Kate told presenter Dianne Oxberry.

“We hope to form a trail through the town, something nice to look at.

“There are a few other signs in the town we would like to repaint, like the ‘Best Show in Town’ sign on the old Palace Theatre.”

Shane, who did a signwriting apprenticeship in the 1970s, also took Dianne back to the scene of his first signwriting job, the washeteria in Torrisholme.

Morecambe-born designer Wayne Hemingway also appeared on the segment, talking about the popularity of ‘ghost signs’ or faded old signs on building walls throughout Lancashire, like the Palladium one restored by Shane and Kate.

Wayne, organiser of the annual Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea festival, described these signs as “a window into the past”.

Kate is also known for her vintage ice cream van on the seafront.

Shane is known for sculpting the Venus and Cupid statue near Morecambe Golf Club.

Their makeover of the electricity box and toilets was made possible due to an Arts Council grant of £8,500 awarded to Morecambe events company Deco Publique.