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Former WW2 POW showcases sketches and paintings from behind bars

Former POW sketched his fellow prisoners Credit: Paul Crone

Wireless operator Eddie Jones flew over 25 missions in Bomber Command in Halifax in World War 2.

Now in his 90s and living in a Liverpool care home, Eddie still recalls the conditions aboard his plane on missions over Germany and France.

Eddie's love of flying was only matched by his passion for painting and drawing. After he was forced to bail out of his Stricken Halifax over France in 1944, and captured by the Germans, he spent the remainder of the war in POW camps drawing life behind the barbed wire for allied prisoners.

The talented artist will now see his work go on display in Liverpool when the Mersey Pilots Association is granted the Freedom of the City. Good job he always used to hang on to his paintbrushes in the POW camps.

Eddie still sketches and paints at the care home today, and even took the time to draw Paul Crone.


Lakes artist finds novel way to celebrate Herdwicks

Jo McGrath drew inspiration from her Lake District home Credit: Lake District Calvert Trust

An artist from the South Lakes has found a novel way to celebrate the regions famous breed of sheep.

Jo McGrath from Coniston lives on one of the farms bequeathed to the National Trust by author Beatrix Potter. And when she was commissioned to produce a work for a charity fund raiser she needed look no further than her own fields for inspiration.

I have painted many life-sized animals, but never painted on a life-sized model of a sheep. It was a fantastic opportunity to promote these fantastic animals.

– Jo McGrath
A flock with a difference Credit: Lake District Calvert Trust
Iconic Lake District daffodils decorate another of Jo's works Credit: Lake District Calvert Trust

Ringo's old home drums up plenty of interest

Ringo Starr's old Liverpool home beat its asking price to sell for £70,000 at an auction on Thursday night. The modest Victorian mid-terrace is where the boyhood Beatle moved with his mother Elsie Starkey. Starr learned to play drums in the two-up, two-down terrace at 10 Admiral Grove in the Toxteth area of inner-city Liverpool.

Ringo Starr's old house sold for £70,000 Credit: itv granada

Starr, born Richard Starkey lived most of his childhood and formative years at the Admiral Grove property, celebrating his 21st birthday party there and getting married from the property. And his home became a regular haunt for the band before they found fame and fortune.


Record breaker returns to Southport

He was one of the British stars in a golden age of speed, and today thousands of people in Southport have been celebrating the life of Sir Henry Segrave. It was 90 years ago on the resort's famous sands that he became the fastest man on earth. Sir Henry's famous Sunbeam Tiger took pride of place as that record was commemorated today.

Former England footballer rescued after falling in freezing temperatures

A former football star says he owes his life to the dedication and local knowledge of his local PCSO.

Tommy Banks, a former England and Bolton defender, became trapped in freezing temperatures after a fall walking his dog in Farnworth.

Police Community Support officer Derek Thomas knew the area well and found him. Now he's being honoured with a top award.

Sarah Rogers has the story.

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