Royal artist to visit Kettering

Peter Welton has been commissioned for work by the Queen
Peter Welton has been commissioned for work by the Queen

A renowned watercolour artist who has received commissions the Queen will visit the area to talk about his work and raise money for charity.

Professor Peter Welton will visit the town on Thursday, February 21 as part of Art and Serendipity, an event raising vital funds for the NSPCC.

Tickets are now available for the lunch, organised by the NSPCC Kettering Branch and District fundraising group, which will be held at Pytchley Village Hall.

The occasion will feature a lunch and a talk from Peter, who became a full time watercolour artist in 1990. Since then, he has received prestigious commissions including the NSPCC’s patron Her Majesty the Queen three times, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, the Princess Royal and the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

Explaining why he wanted to be involved in the event and help raise funds for the NSPCC, Peter said: “I feel very privileged to have been asked by the local NSPCC to come and speak at this event. It’s very flattering that people want to hear about my work and even better that in doing so we are raising funds to help the NSPCC protect vulnerable children from abuse.”

Art and Serendipity has been organised by Angela Goodliffe of the Kettering Branch and District NSPCC. Barbara Elsey, NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager for Northamptonshire, said: “On behalf of the NSPCC I would like to say a huge thank you to Angela for organising this event and to Peter for giving up his valuable time to tell us about his work.

“The money raised at local events like this is vital in helping the NSPCC prevent cruelty to children across Northamptonshire and the UK.

Tickets cost £15 per person. To book your place, contact Angela Goodliffe on 01536 519478 or email angelagoodliffe@hotmail.co.uk.