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Gordon has been giving his support to independent Blackpool artists and the town's growing creative arts scene this Christmas, by visiting a new pop up gallery on Talbot Road.Its_A_Gallery_1.jpg

He was invited to “It’s A Gallery” by Robin Ross, who runs the “The Old Rock Factory” in the town centre. He was taken around the gallery by photographers Kate Yates and Dawn Mander and saw a range of prints, paintings, collage and other artworks being produced by locally- based artists from and around Blackpool.

The pop up gallery is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, up till and including 23rd December. Gordon described the gallery as a “celebration” of Blackpool’s growing and “diverse” independent art scene.

He said: “It was a great treat to see so much diverse, striking and innovative work on show, and reflecting the creative talent in and around the Blackpool area. There were some particularly powerful and unusual depictions of the townscape, coast and the people who make Blackpool such an exciting place for artists and creative people to work on. Whether self-taught or coming up through printmaking, photography and increasingly digital image making backgrounds, it represents a burgeoning of talent that is starting to echo some of the vibrant creative scene in Manchester and Liverpool. It also can contribute to the more diverse locally based economy and small business start-ups encouraged by the Council's 'Get Started' initiatives that I’ve strongly supported.

“Set alongside the new works currently on show at Shaw's Cafe Bar on Clifton Street by Robin Ross, who as both artist and creative promoter has done much across Blackpool, not least through the Sand, Sea and Spray festivals across the town in recent years, it represents a great display of creative talent and original work - much of it very competitively priced , not least as potential unique gifts over the Christmas period..
'Robin himself I have known for a number of years -there is no one more passionate about Blackpool and discovering emerging local artistic talent.'

Robin, who’s been recently promoting his work in Moscow, said: “I want to thank Gordon for showing his support. This is about local businesses and independent artists working together to create a better Blackpool for both residents and the many visitors we have each year. The independent art scene is alive and well across the town.”

To find out more about “It’s A Gallery”, you can find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/itsagallery/ or follow Robin Ross on Twitter at @Robinprint .

Picture taken by Dawn Mander. 

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Gordon and Clifton ward Councillor Luke Taylor have teamed up to buy and donate to this year’s Blackpool Tesco food collection scheme.Tesco_Food_Bank_with_Lynn_and_Luke.jpg

They were taken on a shopping expedition around the store by the Tesco Community Champion Lynn Sumners, who has worked with both on various good causes on the Mereside estate and across the town more widely.

Gordon filled his trolley with a mix of everyday foodstuffs plus a few festive specials and after purchasing them, he handed them over to the food bank volunteers at the store who are co-ordinating distribution and delivery to local food banks

Luke said: “This is a really important scheme that once again Lynn and the team are running at Blackpool Tesco. By everyone donating a little bit of food to the collection, it can make an enormous difference to people who maybe struggling to afford a lot of food this Christmas.”

Gordon added: “There are still too many people, who for whatever reasons are finding themselves in times of hardship. Luke, myself and other local councillors are finding there is still a big need for food collections like this with the number of people coming to us for help. That’s why I am pleased to see local businesses such as Tesco, who have always had a strong community ethos, as well as voluntary groups and faith groups all stepping up to the plate in supporting and protecting some of our most vulnerable groups in the town.”

Last year’s Tesco collection contributed 3.4 million meals to people in need countrywide.

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Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery on Friday 15th December.

This will take place from 2.30pm to around 4.00pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road, Blackpool, FY4 3JX.

Appointments are required and can be made by either calling 01253 344143 or emailing gordonmarsdenmp@parliament.uk

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