Pauline Meade’s response to the Anthony Gross lithograph, “Herne Bay Pier

I finished this linoprint ‘Day out in Whitby’ in February 2020 from sketches made in normal times for the LFA exhibition to be held at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery inspired by works from the Leeds University Art collection postponed until now. I chose a lithograph by Anthony Gross showing people enjoying a day out on Herne Bay Pier in 1947, despite it clearly being a cold and windy day. 

We’ve had some limits on our freedom after our year of ‘lockdown’ and much appreciate the current easing of restrictions, but it must have been really wonderful in post war Britain to be able to visit the seaside again. It appealed to me as the southeast coast including Herne Bay was the destination for holidays at that time for my family living in the London area. While living in the north of England, Whitby, Scarborough and Filey became favourite seaside places. There are now more options for entertainment and activities on a day out than 70 years ago, but people are still drawn to the coast to enjoy the open space and freedom, even on a cold and windy day.