Award-winning artist dies

Gazette artist Bob Rushton with his award winning Blackpool poster.
Gazette artist Bob Rushton with his award winning Blackpool poster.

A ROSSALL artist whose iconic image of Blackpool Tower gave visitors not only the flavour, but a tasty smell, of the seaside, has died.

Bob Rushton, was one of the brains behind the country’s first “sniffy” holiday brochure.

Mr Rushton’s design, It Takes Some Licking, turned the inverted Tower into a cone complete with ice cream and chocolate flake.

The award-winning poster even went on display in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and then became the cover of the 1989 holiday guide which released an aroma of vanilla when touched.

The design was testament to the skills of Rochdale-born Mr Rushton, who was proud to have met legendary Salford painter L S Lowry.

He moved to the Fylde coast and, in 1970, joined The Gazette as an artist, eventually becoming studio manager before taking early retirement 15 years ago.

He also had a passion for Rugby League, designing Blackpool Borough match day programmes and coaching Fleetwood Tigers’ junior team in the 1980s.

Mr Rushton, whose death, at 70, came after a long illness, leaves a widow, Sylvia, children Andrew, Paul and Louise, and five grandchildren. The funeral was held at Carleton Crematorium on Tuesday.