Do you have a collection you’d be proud to display?

David Middlehurst is presenting his collection of Andy Capp cartoons, which he acquired with the purchase of the Brogans club in Blackpool, to the Grundy Art Gallery for their next exhibition.'David (left) hands over one of the over-sized cartoons to Gallery Assistant Tom Ireland.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'13-9-2013
David Middlehurst is presenting his collection of Andy Capp cartoons, which he acquired with the purchase of the Brogans club in Blackpool, to the Grundy Art Gallery for their next exhibition.'David (left) hands over one of the over-sized cartoons to Gallery Assistant Tom Ireland. PIC BY ROB LOCK'13-9-2013
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From stamps to coins and glasses to programmes, Blackpool residents are being invited to lend their favourite collections for a new art exhibition.

The Grundy Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, Collection Show and Tell, will run from mid-November, with locals encouraged to get involved early to have their items on show.

It might be something of historical interest or things that have been bought or made.

One man who has already come forward is David Middlehurst. The 68-year-old has a unique collection of giant Andy Capp cartoons, that he has been hanging on to for the last 25 years.

He came across them when in the 1980s he purchased Brogans - an old nightclub that was, ironically, just round the corner from the Grundy, on Springfield Road, behind what used to be the Princess Cinema.

“They were the old classic Andy Capp cartoons but huge ones, about six feet by four, hanging on the wall,” he said.

“I took them home with me because I liked them and I suppose I thought they might be worth something one day, which they probably are.”

Richard Parry, curator at Grundy Art Gallery, says the reason for the exhibition is to get people thinking about collections: “What a collection is and does, and what a collection might be – to think about the idea of the collector.

“We’ll be selecting carefully, but we’re very excited to see what turns up.

“Mr Middlehurst felt the paintings were an important piece of the town’s popular cultural history and he wanted other people to see them.

“It was perfect timing with the collection exhibition so we couldn’t very well say no.”

Coun Simon Blackburn said: “This exhibition is very much about Blackpool residents and what it is that they care about and collect.”

Anybody with a collection can call the gallery on (01253) 478170 or e-mail grundyartgallery@blackpool.gov.uk

The exhibition will run from November 16.

n Richard Parry will be writing about the exhibition in The Gazette next week