Artist Rob Newbiggin proposed Red Rum Tribute December 6th, 2009 admin Latest News Shares Comments Artist Newbiggin proposed Red Rum Tribute Local artist, Rob Newbiggin is proposing to produce a wonderful oil painting of 3 times Grand National winner, Red Rum, as a tribute to Southport and the Grand National itself. Rob is being guided by Red Rum’s very own stable girl, Lesley Rimmer. Rob, who is a resident artist at Dobbies Garden Centre, Benthams Way, Southport is halfway through the first initial painting of the horse on Southport sands with the Pier in the background pre-1995. Half complete painting Members of the public are invited to come along and watch Southport’s most famous boxing artist at work painting the first of a series, as a proposed tribute to Red Rum. Visit Rob over the next few months inside Dobbies Café area. Sefton Council have already commissioned Rob in the past for painting the Botanic Garden Mural, and the Pinewoods painting for Ainsdale Discovery Centre, and Rob is hoping that this Red Rum painting will be his lifetime achievement as an artist. A large proportion of any monies raised from a commissioned painting will be donated to a horse or an equestrian charity. Rob is hoping that Ginger McCain and his family will give their blessing for this tribute to take place, and give them the honour this painting of Red Rum deserves. Bryan Naylor of The Southport Party has made a suggestion to Rob that if the large painting is commissioned it is put in a prominent position on or near Southport sands. The finished product could be painted on a metal type motorway signage board with vandal proof sealer. Another idea is a life size metal cut out of Red Rum with Rob commissioned to paint both sides to give the impression of the horse galloping on the sands for ever. Any suggestions or ideas for this tribute are asked to cal Rob on 07873323297. UPDATE: Tuesday 31st March 2009 BBC Northwest was in Southport today (Tuesday 31st March 2009) filming artist Rob Newbiggin at work on the famous Red Rum painting. BBC film Rob at work Red Rum’s former stable girl Lesley Rimmer captured the moment on Southport Beach as Rob set to work. Rob paints as Lesley looks on Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!