Castletown on the Isle Of Man, what a beautiful, and historical little town. My Mum originally grew up in Castletown, and lived in Queens Street. And as child she would regularly swim in the sea off Scarlet with all her friends. I have a real love with Castletown, not just because my Mum was from Castletown, but because I would visit there myself regularly and play as a child at the top of School Hill, where my nana Kelly lived and I always remember the beautiful poppy fields at the back of School Hill.
But a lot of water has passed under the bridge and times have moved on, and those poppy fields have now been replaced by much needed houses.
But that aside, Castletown has a warm place in my heart. I was the last person to restore the Clock on the castle at Castle Rushen, for Manx National Heritage. Sign writing and Re-gilding the clock with 24k gold leaf.
Castletown always seems to attract me like a magnet, because of its beauty, and a few weeks ago I was out and about sketching and taking some photos as reference for future artwork. Which led me to doing my latest original pencil study of Castletown Bridge.
Castletown will always have happy memories in my heart.