A PUB renowned for its musical gigs has unveiled a collage of guest artists for the perusal of punters.
The Fishermans Arms, in Southgate, on the Headland, regularly hosts live acoustic music acts, with hundreds having played there over the last three or four years.
Pub regular and local photographer Brian McBean has been there to snap many of the musicians, and ended up collating quite a hefty stash.
So when landlord Paul Williams asked Brian for some photographs to adorn the walls of the pub, Brian suggested creating the impressive collage.
The 5ft by 3ft piece of work now takes pride of place in the entrance corridor of the establishment where it can be admired by passing customers – and scrutinised by the musicians trying to find themselves among the sea of faces.
Paul, who recently took over the pub with his wife Lana, said: “We’ve called it The Fish Hall of Fame. It looks fantastic and it creates a lot of interest with everybody.
“They stop to look at it when they come in.
“As well as the customers liking it, the musicians like to spot themselves too, I suppose it’s nice for them to get a bit of recognition for what they’ve done.
“There are a few people that aren’t up there because we didn’t have a photographer there on the night and that’s been pointed out by one or two people, so I think we’re planning on creating a second one when we collect enough photos again.”
Paul said there must be in excess of 60 acts pictured on the mural including Kenny Layton, Tinny Bennett, Andy Dagg, Dave Scott, Avital Raz, Alan Bainbridge, Mick Gant, Glenn Murphy, Phil Reay, Pek and Wanley, Chris Terry, Mat Harrison, and Liquid Cosh, to name but a few.
Paul added: “It all came about because I asked Brian to put some of his photographs on the walls when we moved in here a few months back which people can buy if they like.
“Brian said he had a load of pictures of the artists that have appeared here over the last three or four years and asked if I wanted a collage. A couple of weeks later he came back with this which is just great. It’s worth a look.”