Lillian & Sheila
A 106-year-old woman from Barking who lived through the roaring 20s and has vivid memories of a German Zeppelin bombing Purfleet during the First World War has dreams of becoming the next Banksy after taking her first art class.
Former biscuit factory worker Lillian, who lives at a Hanover Housing Extra Care scheme, was joined by her 81-year-old daughter Sheila for the master class with local artist Ron Wood.
Ron showed Lillian a few basic techniques, including how to create an artistic sketch of a landscape. After the lesson he showed Sheila how to create a caricature of former US President Ronald Reagan in just 15 minutes.
Mother and daughter both enjoyed the class. Lillian said: ‘After a few more lessons from Ron I think that I could really get the hang of sketching. Who knows, one day I may even try using a spray can and learn how to paint like Banksy.’
Since moving to the Hanover scheme from respite care in April 2005 great-great-grandmother Lillian hasn’t looked back. She regularly goes to bingo and attends quiz nights in the residents' lounge.
Daughter Sheila added: ‘With a fantastic lounge, restaurant, care and support staff there is nowhere else my mother would rather be.’