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What to do on a wet Friday in Whitehaven

 What to do on a wet Friday afternoon. We opted for a short walk around the harbour and a pop into the Beacon to see the Lowry exhibition. 

In the light and dark, changing gallery space on the top floor we were greeted with a colourful display of art work produced by local schoolchildren with guidance and instruction from Alex Jakob-Whitworth and Gavin Pollock. 

There were a couple of hands-on stations and a fine collection of 2D and 3D work. I particularly liked the little hanging characters and the shadows they cast on the white panel behind.

My love of postboxes approved of the 3D model like the Lowry original I was about to see.

Through into the dark gallery were the originals I had come to see. Some Percy Kelly's and a Sheila Fell and some Geoffrey Bennett's led up to the highlight of the show, the Lowry's on loan from Salford. 

It has been a while since we had visited the rest of the Beacon so we wandered into the history gallerys.

There were a few new interactives that we hadn't seen before and we enjoyed those, especially digging in the coal mines. We tried to Recreate the moment when our youngest son, Tom met the Queen when he was 12 at the official opening in 2008. 

I won't share the photos of us gurning as I wouldn't want anyone to have nightmares but we had a good laugh.

We could have been in a lot longer but had parked for 2 hours at TESCO so we wandered back up to the car just managing to clock up 2 miles on Strava.

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Thursday, 22 February 2024

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