Havant artist is painting the town

LIKENESS Darryl Doughty has painted a scene of East Street Havant from a picture taken in 1910. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123892-996)
LIKENESS Darryl Doughty has painted a scene of East Street Havant from a picture taken in 1910. Picture: Allan Hutchings (123892-996)
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PAINTER Darryl Doughty stands in the same spot where a photograph of Havant’s East Street was taken 112 years ago.

The shopkeeper, who runs Kobblers & Keys in Market Parade and paints when he is not fixing shoes, is so passionate about the historic area that he decided to put brush to canvas.

His masterpiece brings new life to the photograph from 1910 which appeared in The News in August.

A century ago the area was a thriving street with grocers, shoe shops and pubs.

Now it is at the centre of regeneration plans, with a potential housing development on the cards.

Mr Doughty said the painting had attracted a lot of interest from customers. Resident Pete Walden, who has led the campaign to protect East Street, said: ‘He’s a very good painter.’