Robert Lenkiewicz’s unfinished portrait of Michael Foot in his Plymouth Argyle scarf has never been shown in Plymouth – it hangs in Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster. But Plymouth Arts Centre will be showing a print of the famous picture at a Michael Foot Memorial Fund event on Monday, May 13 at 6pm.
There will also be a chance to see The Way We Live, the 1947 documentary about the regeneration of Plymouth after WW2 by Michael’s missus Jill Craigie.
The event is free, but the fund is asking for a suggested donation of £20 (minimum of £10), which includes a glass of wine and canapes. And the proceeds will go towards the proposed Michael Foot memorial – a piece of granite erected in the corner of Freedom Fields Park, Plymouth within sight of the house where Michael and his family lived.
Luke Pollard, one of the organisers of the Michael Foot Memorial, told the PRSD: “The Michael Foot Memorial Appeal hopes to raise £60,000 to create a lasting memorial to him in Freedom Fields Park in Plymouth, opposite the house where Michael was born 100 years ago this year.
“Whether as a journalist during World War Two editing the London Evening Standard, helping rebuild Plymouth as MP for Plymouth Devonport from 1945-55, Leader of the Labour Party or as a lifelong supporter of Plymouth Argyle Michael was a towering figure and this memorial is a chance for people to remember him, and for those who didn’t know him, a chance to discover him and understand his contribution to our city.
“Proceeds from this event will not only go to a good cause, but it will also offer the first viewing of Robert Lenciewicz’s unfinished portrait of Michael in Plymouth. That’s a real treat. Please do come along on Monday and help lend your support to the Michael Foot Memorial Appeal.”