Queensgate captured on canvas

Paul Town, wearing a Bridlington Town shirt, with his painting of the club's home.
Paul Town, wearing a Bridlington Town shirt, with his painting of the club's home.

The beauty of the area around Bridlington may have inspired one of the world’s most famous artists, but the town’s football ground is never likely to appear in one of David Hockney’s paintings.

However, a group of the club’s supporters have clubbed together to cover the cost of a commission from Yorkshire football artist Paul Town.

His portrait of their Queensgate stadium was completed in three days and is now on its way to take pride of place in the clubhouse.

Town said: “I’ve really enjoyed painting this portrait of Queensgate. I’ve been to the ground only once, to watch Scarborough Athletic, whilst staying at my parents’ lodge near Filey.

“It’s been a little different to the larger stadiums I paint, and in some ways more tricky, having to paint many features from outside the ground.

“When I first visited the club last year, I loved the vibrancy and ambience of the clubhouse and also the friendly atmosphere. I will hopefully be popping down to watch a match before the end of the season.

“I’ve now adopted Bridlington Town as my non-league club. It’s great to see so much passion from the supporters.”

The portrait shows The Seasiders in action against NCEL opponents Thackley, whose home ground is only a stone’s throw from the artist’s home.

Town is a Bradford City supporter and said he was inspired to paint by his experiences at Valley Parade.

He began painting football stadia two years ago, after his mother bought him a set of acrylics as a Christmas gift, and he soon set up his own website.

The first stadium he painted was the old Bradford Park Avenue ground, quickly followed by the old Burnden Park in Bolton.