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Romford Pictures: War veterans celebrated at Hornchurch art exhibition

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:26 25 September 2014

Members of Studio One Artists Fred Praver, 82, Alec Tiffin, 85, Pauline Fynn, 68, and Maureen Heron, 70, at their exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Queen's Theatre

Members of Studio One Artists Fred Praver, 82, Alec Tiffin, 85, Pauline Fynn, 68, and Maureen Heron, 70, at their exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Queen's Theatre

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The human faces of war are the focus of a new attraction commemorating two significant anniversaries.

The Studio One Artists launched their annual exhibition this week, with this year’s effort marking the centenary of the First World War breaking out and 70 years since the Normandy landings of the Second World War.

Paintings of three real-life veterans and displays about their lives form the centrepiece of the display.

Group member Pauline Fynn, 68, said: “I thought about marking the anniversaries as they are this year and a Normandy veteran, Don Turrell, is also one of our artists. That is how it came about.”

The most prominent pieces are of 89-year-old Don and the late veterans Fred Plumm and Sidney Billington.

Painting of late veteran Fred Plumm at the Studio One Artists' exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Queen's TheatrePainting of late veteran Fred Plumm at the Studio One Artists' exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Queen's Theatre

Sidney, Pauline’s father, was born 10 weeks before the First World War began.

His Aunt Catherine was just 16 when she was killed in the Silvertown explosion of 1917, when a fire in munitions factory set off a blast that killed 73 people.

Sidney served in the Home Guard at the beginning of the Second World War and later went to Italy with the 8th Army. He died in 2006.

Pauline said: “He always said he had an easy war.

Painting of late veteran Sidney Billington at the Studio One Artists' exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Queen's TheatrePainting of late veteran Sidney Billington at the Studio One Artists' exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Queen's Theatre

“Going through his life was very emotional.”

The exhibition, also featuring work outside the theme, runs until October 10 at the Cafe Gallery, Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch.

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