Painting to pack a punch for Sheffield pub’s charity auction

Joe Scarborough and his painting for The Punchbowl,Crookes, with Julie Woodward,Manager'The painting will be auctioned off for the Help for Heroes charity
Joe Scarborough and his painting for The Punchbowl,Crookes, with Julie Woodward,Manager'The painting will be auctioned off for the Help for Heroes charity
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A RENOWNED Sheffield artist has used his famous brush strokes for charity.

Joe Scarborough has created a one-off oil painting for a pub’s charity auction.

Husband and wife Julie and David Woodward, managers of The Punchbowl, Crookes, were taken aback when Joe offered to paint an imagined scene from inside the pub.

The artwork, called Infantryman, features a uniformed soldier propping up the bar - in honour of the pub’s fundraising night for Help for Heroes in July.

It is the second time, Joe, aged 74, has donated a painting to one of The Punchbowl’s charity nights.

Two years ago, he gave a first edition print of Sheffield cricketer Michael Vaughan, which fetched £400 at auction.

Joe, of Victoria Quays, Sheffield, said: “I wanted to do a picture of a young lad who has come back from Helmand and just wants to be normal.

“His mates are playing pool in the background and he just wants to be among them, no fuss. That’s what I tried to do.

“Most of the work I do now is biographical commissions, but every now and then you find you want to paint something in particular. That’s why I offered it to The Punchbowl. It’s a nice little pub.”

Mrs Woodward, 49, said: “We didn’t approach Joe - he came to us and did it all off his own back. He heard what we were doing and said he wanted to help.

“Help for Heroes is something which is close to mine and my husband’s heart - he was in the Navy and our daughter Holly serves with them too.

“It’s a fantastic painting and we are grateful to Joe.”

n The Help for Heroes charity night takes place at The Punchbowl on Friday, July 6, from 8pm, with live entertainment, an auction and raffle.