Christine’s portrait puts pub in picture

IN THE FRAME: Christine Pears, the great, great granddaughter of Thomas Drummond, with his portrait in the Fleetwood pub which bears his name.

IN THE FRAME: Christine Pears, the great, great granddaughter of Thomas Drummond, with his portrait in the Fleetwood pub which bears his name.

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A FLEETWOOD pub has got things picture-perfect.

The portrait depicting Thomas Drummond, displayed in the pub of the same name in Fleetwood, has been replaced with the help of a Drummond family member.

Christine Pears, the great, great-granddaughter of Thomas Drummond, has provided it from a family painting of the builder and property owner, which she inherited.

Christine, who lives in Western Australia having emigrated in 1979, said: “When I heard that Wetherspoon was going to name a pub in Fleetwood after Thomas Drummond, I contacted them to see if I could help with a picture of him.

“As I was in Australia it wasn’t so easy and there was a technical hitch with the first attempt, but I am delighted to see that the new version of the picture looks lovely.

“And it suits the pub really well.”

The original oil painting, which hangs in pride of place in Christine’s home in Perth, was commissioned in 1860 when Drummond celebrated his 50th birthday.

At that time he was a senior figure in Fleetwood and was well known in the town.

Christine, pictured at the London Street pub, came over to England for the presentation and was able to see relatives in the area at the same time.

She said: “When I was a child, my father Norman and his brother Thompson still ran the family business started by their great grandfather.

“The picture used to hang in the back office in Fleetwood. I was always fascinated by it and my father eventually gave it to me.”

The Thomas Drummond pub opened in August, 2001 on the site of the former congregational church rooms built by him and bearing his name, Thomas Atkinson Drummond.

It was one of the first Wetherspoon pubs on the Fylde coast and soon proved popular.

This year the pub will celebrate its 10th anniversary, just as the town celebrates its 175 milestone with a series of events in the town.

In the mid 19th century, Drummond built most of the workers’ cottages and the churches in the new town of Fleetwood, playing a key part in the emergence of Fleetwood.

A prominent member of the government of the town from 1841, he died in 1884, aged 73, and is buried in the family vault in Fleetwood cemetery.

Little would he have known that, almost 130 years after he died, a copy of the portrait he sat for would be hanging inside a pub bearing his name!