|THE HENLEY WHALERS - Stan Hugills Hundredth anniversary *||To page|
days of celibrations.-
18th & Sunday 19th November 2006
Any Henley Whaler would
have felt at home here
The central theme was "Here's to Stan" - Stan Hugill the famous and clearly much loved sailor, shanty-man, artist, author and broadcaster.
Some 250 people including artists from Europe and USA, all of whom paid for the privilege, attended this unique two day event. There were some famous names, from the "folk" world, and from more popular radio and TV.
It was held in the Hall and Meeting rooms of The Liner Hotel on Lord Nelson St. behind Lime St. Station (the old Gladstone Hotel), in the centre of Liverpool. (Yes, the famous "Lime Street" of Maggie May fame.)
many shanties, and also sailors' songs and songs of the sea and seafarers.
Special guests included Bronwen (Stan's widow), his sons, and other family members. It is very clear that they are keeping the tradition alive.
Several of Stan's paintings, kindly brought by guests, were on display. These included vivid scenes of square riggers, and of whale boats pursuing their bloody trade.
Above, a small detail from one of Stan's magnificent paintings. Do the boats look a bit familiar?
Notice how the sail/rigging has been laid over the stern, a-la-Molly.
(by kind permission of Chris Roche (shantycrew)
More to folow another day.