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Emotional scenes as sons reunited with late dad’s artwork in Collier Row

(from Left to right) Son's Nathan Churchman and Dannie Churchman with David Clifton (from Left to right) Son's Nathan Churchman and Dannie Churchman with David Clifton

Sunday, March 2, 2014
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An emotional exchange took place last week as two sons collected a drawing done by their father, who died last year, after it was discovered at his childhood home.

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The cigarette box with a spider inside it that was also found with the drawing.The cigarette box with a spider inside it that was also found with the drawing.

The Recorder ran a story two weeks ago appealing to find David Churchman, who in 1967 had created a portrait of a house in Pennington Close, Collier Row.

In the ensuing days we were contacted by friends and family of David, who told us of his unfortunate passing last year.

His son, Nathan, was keen to get in touch with Michael Clifton, the homeowner, about the possibility of acquiring the artwork and last week went along to the house where his father grew up to meet Michael, and his mother Margaret.

Nathan, who was joined by his brother Dannie, said it was an emotional visit following the death of David, aged 60.

“It was a bit surreal really, being in the house that my dad was brought up in. It was really nice.

“I’d never seen this house. It’s a shame my dad couldn’t be here to be part of this because I know he would have loved it, he was a big history buff.”

And the brothers were also impressed with how well the drawing had preserved, considering it was created more than 46 years ago.

“It looks as if it’s been done yesterday,” added Nathan, “we will definitely be getting it framed.”

And Margaret, who first contacted the Recorder with the story, said it was a very “uplifting” experience for her and Michael.

“It was lovely,” she said, “We all stayed for about an hour chatting and they were flattered to pick up the drawing. It was very nice.”

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