This is the sketchbook for the Lido print, which was a commission for the Margate Gallery. Gerry travelled out to the sea-side town on a sunny day in September 2012 and took a couple of photos of the city's iconic lido statue. Here you'll be able to see how those initial photographs became the final print and also learn a bit more about Margate!

A seaside town they forgot to bomb down

… Not really, we just like Morrissey. Margate is a seaside town about an hours train journey east of London. It lies very close to the eastern tip of England and it's been a popular holiday spot for Londoners for about 250 years.

Like many seaside towns in the UK Margate suffered in the 60s when the tourists started preferring to go on holidays to Spain and France instead of staying in the UK. The town became well known for gang wars between mods and rockers instead.

Margate still has a bit to go until it's back to the Victorian glory days, but the town has had a lot of investment over the last few years. Among other things it has a brand new Turner contemporary art gallery and a burgeoning art scene.

The Lido

The Lido was originally part of the Dreamland amusement park in Margate. It was opened in the 1920s, supposedly inspired by Coney Island in New York.

Between 1920 and 1935 over £500,000 was invested in the site with new rides and facilities being added all the time, culminating in the construction of the Dreamland Cinema complex in 1934 which stands to this day. The amusement park was closed in 2006.


Our illustration

Here you've been able to see how the Lido print was designed. The print was inspired by what Gerry could see and photograph on a typical sunny day in Margate. The different characters all bring the seaside print to life. As with the other illustrations Gerry starts out with taking several photographs which are put together and traced on a computer to make the final print.

Lido is available as a the t-shirt in white and grey. As a sweatshirt and as a limited edition signed and numbered screen print (coming soon!).

How to get to Margate?

The best way to get to Margate (if you're travelling from London) is to take the train. It will take about 90 minutes to get there and there are trains going to Margate from St Pancras International Station and London Victoria train station. It's also possible to take a bus from the Victoria coach station, the journey will then take about 2 hours and 30 minutes.