Pub signs of the times on show

A colourful catalogue of pub signs painted by a Suffolk artist has been hung at the heart of Greene King brewery museum, in Bury St Edmunds.

Artist George Taylor designed and painted more than 250 signs for Greene King pubs between 1984 and his death in 1995, including the Dog and Partridge, The Falcon and The Grapes, in Bury.

Now. his widow Sylvia has presented miniatures of his work to the Bury brewery, in an exhibition which now forms part of the tour at Greene King's brewhouse in Westgate Street.

Mrs Taylor, 74, said: "I am so thrilled to see the paintings here, it's wonderful.

"George would be delighted to see them on display."

Mrs Taylor, from Aldeburgh, and her grandaughter Emma Jeffreys visited the exhibition, which also features other work by Mr Taylor, who trained as a signwriter in Birmingham as a young man.

Craig Bennett, brewing manager at Greene King, presented Mrs Taylor with a framed photograph of George painting one of his signs when she visited the display on Monday.

Miss Jeffreys, 22, from Thetford, said: "I remember sneaking into his studio and seeing him at work. I am very proud."

Claire Norris, visitor centre manager, said they had chosen to hang the display on the stairs in the brewhouse as visitors would always pass them on their tours.

She said: "We thought it would be great to have these pictures on the main tour route.

"George's signs are an important part of the history of the brewery."


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