Home   News   Article

Hessett artist helps pensioners in bare all fight to halt pub closures

Louise Gridley with her The Pun calandar, featuring The Geezers , and sketches for her painting of them ANL-151111-192050009
Louise Gridley with her The Pun calandar, featuring The Geezers , and sketches for her painting of them ANL-151111-192050009

Artist Louise Gridley had been working with a male pensioners’ social group for months when they asked her to help them publicise a problem close to her heart.

The result is the most unusual ‘glamour’ calendar ever in which the pensioners pose in little but their caps to ask ‘Where’s my Boozer Gone?’

Louise, who worked at the Bennett Arms in her home village of Rougham as a teenager, had been asking the same question.

She said: “When I was a little girl, I remember the pub seaside outings that the Bennett Arms used to organise. It was a real family affair and was a calendar highlight for old and young alike.

“I remember my mum being part of the ladies darts team, and my dad being part of the quoits team. The pub used to provide a social outlet for the community and offer sporting opportunities and wider social integration with other village communities.

“This is all becoming lost, which is why in my calendar, I wanted to centre the photoshoot concept around the traditional pub games and flag up part of our heritage that we are sadly losing”

Now living in Hessett, she first met The Geezers, an Age UK-supported men’s social group in East London, when she did a painting of them for an exhibition called Misbehaviour, nearly two years ago. The painting can be seen at www.louisegridley.com

When they suggested a calendar, she thought it would be a new challenge in a medium other than paint and pencil. Called The Pun, it features the lads, some in their 80s, nude in their local with Page Three style captions.

It is available in Louise’s brother Darren Old’s pop-up card shop in Cornhill Walk, Bury St edmunds, and on Amazon.


Iliffe Media does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments

We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.

If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More