At our March meeting we had Branch member, Bob Cushing come along to give us a talk on sign-writing. Bob has been in the sign-writing business for over 40 years and trained at Rex Studios before starting his own company called Creative Sign Co. Before that Bob was interested in art at school and studied at Great Yarmouth Art College.
Bob’s first company car was a 1966 Morris Minor 4 door saloon which he modified and added attachments to transport his ladders. Bob’s job has taken him all over the world including America where he did a spot of sign-writing for the Football World Cup in 1998.
Bob brought along a selection of his tools of the trade and examples of some of the types of signs he has made in the past few years, before he moved with the times and used computers to design the logos. One example was of his name made from gold leaf as he has now received a commission to decorate a barbers shop window in Gorleston and needed to get back into practice. It seems that some of the old methods of sign-writing are now coming back.
Bob now helps his partner Christine with her job as a Scenic Artist. He also enjoys finding ghost signs around the area and especially in London. Bob also brought his Telephone Engineers Van to the meeting. Who knew that there was such a lot of work entailed in the process of sign-writing.
We held a Football card at this meeting and raised £30 for our charity of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. The winner was Tricia who won £10. Well done Tricia. With the refreshments raising £12-10 and Bob very kindly donating his fee of £40 to our charity funds we raised £82-10 in total.
After this meeting Carolyn Hancock presented Mary and Mike Stannard with the ‘Member of the year’ shield, as they both couldn’t attend the meeting. Mike and Mary had found us the venue of Parkview Chapel for our meetings and also contribute to our meetings and events and newsletters.