A GIANT oil painting by celebrated Fleetwood artist Keith Sutton has been unearthed in a pub.
And the long-lost gem is bound for a temporary home at Fleetwood Museum until it is decided what can be done with it.
The seascape mural, depicting a number of Fleetwood trawlers sailing into port, forms the entire section of a wall at The Shin Inn on Warren Street, but was hidden under plaster.
It measures a massive 28ft wide and eight ft tall and is painted onto a kind of hardboard, which can be removed.
Ex-trawlerman Sutton made his name in Fleetwood for painting many oil pictures of trawlers, and prints of his work became hugely popular – especially in Fleetwood.
He died of cancer in September 2002 but left a lasting legacy behind – a stunning pictorial record of dozens of Fleetwood trawlers.
The large painting only came to light because workmen are carrying major reconstruction work at The Ship, which is being turned into 12 flats for Nautical Campus students.
One workman, 40 year old Michael McLaughlin, even had family connections to a trawler in the painting.
Michael said: “I had an uncle who sailed on the trawler Josena.
“It’s strange to see this painting uncovered after all this time.”
The existence of the painting did not comes as a complete surprise to everyone. though.
One of the men, Ian Anderson, could recall the painting being displayed in the pub decades ago.
At Fleetwood Museum, keeper Lyn Asghar told the Weekly News: “We will be keeping it for a temporary period, once it has been removed from the pub.
“I am not sure what the long term position will be,
“It is very interesting. We already have much smaller paintings by Keith Sutton in the musuem.”