Picture-perfect party for Sheffield retailer’s birthday

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Leading Sheffield artist Joe Scarborough is teaming up with a famous city store as both celebrate a golden anniversary.

Joe, of Victoria Quays, Sheffield city centre, has been painting for 50 years – the same length of time department store John Lewis has been based in Barker’s Pool.

And tomorrow, from 10.30am, Joe, who is known for his paintings of everyday Yorkshire life, will host an artist in residence slot on the ground floor of the store.

Joe, aged 75, said: “It will be a delight to have the opportunity to meet some of John Lewis’ customers and talk to them about the last 50 years.

“There are many happy stories of Sheffield people meeting, talking and shopping at the heart of the city.

John Lewis began life in Sheffield as Cole Brothers, on Fargate, in 1847. It was bought by Selfridges in 1919 and then John Lewis in 1940.

The successful store relocated to Barker’s Pool, opening on September 17, 1963. It was rebranded from Cole Brothers to John Lewis in 2002.

Emma Flack, John Lewis operations manager, said: “Joe’s work is fantastic and I hope customers will take this rare opportunity to pick his brains about his career.

John Lewis will also be celebrating with a birthday cake and 1960s-style makeovers.

There will also be a special anniversary book where visitors can share their own experiences of the shop.