A busman’s dream holiday ... St Helens

David Alcock
David Alcock

RECOGNISE anywhere familiar?

Part-time artist David Alcock missed St Helens so much that he lovingly scribbled half a dozen stunning sketches of his hometown.

David Alcock picture of St Helens

David Alcock picture of St Helens

Among the fascinating pencil drawings are sketches of classic cars, buses and instantly recognisable spots in St Helens town centre.

The 51-year-old, who grew up on Bampton Avenue, Clinkham Wood, in the 60s and early 70s, said: “I still miss St Helens, especially how it was during the late 60s and early 70s. So I took a bit of inspiration from a few St Helens books that I’ve got and just started drawing.

“As a kid I used to love playing football around Dalehead Place in Clinkham Wood and was always hanging around the bus terminus, because I like buses. I used to love going into Helena House with my grandmother too, especially the toy section at the top, where they used to have model cars on sale. I still collect model cars to this day!”

David moved down to Cornwall in the early 70s because he suffers from asthma and his parents were advised to get him away from the pollution associated with industrial towns.

David Alcock picture

David Alcock picture

But he says the damp atmosphere in the south west meant his asthma was just as bad!

Aside from drawing, the father-of-two, now of Bodmin, has plenty of other strings to his bow too.

A gifted guitarist, he used to be a familiar face on the Cornish pub and club circuit.

He added: “Most of my drawings of St Helens have buses on them, because they are a lifelong passion of mine. As you can imagine, I loved visiting the Transport Museum on one of my last visits to St Helens.”