Watercolour paintings trace Emsworth’s history

ARTY Angela Loader who is holding her first exhibition for 19 years
ARTY Angela Loader who is holding her first exhibition for 19 years

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THE anniversary of the tragic death of a young fisherman is being marked by his sister through art.

Colin Loader was only 27 when he drowned in Chichester Harbour on his fishing boat in 1987 during a rough storm.

ON SHOW One of the exhibits

ON SHOW One of the exhibits

His sister Angela, 56, who still lives in the area, is a well-known painter whose watercolours are very popular.

She will be displaying her work at Emsworth Museum, from Saturday,

It coincides with the 25th anniversary of her beloved younger brother’s death. After the accident a plaque was dedicated to Colin outside Emsworth Sailing Club.

The exhibition will include a picture of Colin as well as beautiful images of Emsworth through the years and is Angela’s first solo exhibition in almost two decades.

Local musician John Meriton, of Brent Court, has recorded an album of songs dedicated to Colin which will be on sale alongside the paintings. The CD also includes songs about the Emsworth shopkeepers.

Angela said: ‘He was a popular and well-liked Emsworth man and this CD keeps his memory alive.‘

Angela’s idea for the paintings came from a request to paint illustrations for a book about Emsworth’s history called Uncovering the Past.

The watercolour paintings include the Mill Pond in 1907 and a recent capture of Emsworth harbour.

Angela said: ‘I love painting the sky, which for me creates the whole atmosphere of the painting.’

The exhibition has also led to some distant cousins, whom Angela didn’t realise she was related to, getting in touch with the Loader family.

They got in contact after seeing the event advertised. She said, ‘I noticed they had the same surname as my grandmother and then they said they were from a fishing background like me. They’re coming from Kent to see my exhibition so it’ll be lovely.’

Angela turned professional in 1979 and has won national and international awards.

The exhibition is free and will be held on weekends from July 7 to July 23. The museum, above the fire station, in North Street, is open on Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm and on Sunday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm.