Sign is a marker to the past

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Type face styles popular 100 years ago have been recreated by a sign writer to help bring authenticity to a Newton Green Golf Club project.

Wayne Tanswell is part of a dying breed of hand painting sign writers and has been engaged by Newton Green Golf Club to produce a first tee starter’s shelter sign.

The shelter is a reproduction of a shed once used by Arthur Davey, whose 60 years of service at the club from 1919-1979 is believed to have made him the world’s longest serving golf professional.

The original shed — once the nerve centre of the club — is now an abandoned wreck and on land no longer used by the club, but is now being brought back to life.

However, from old photographs, the club has been able ascertain the style of sign writing on the original building.

Sudbury craftsman Tanswell, who writes books and lectures on sign writing, took up the challenge of recreating the type face on the original sign.

He said: “I would say the original golf sign was a blend of Tragan Roman and Stellar Bold styles. All signs were hand painted in those days and artists could mix styles on each individual letter, which would be very difficult in today’s world of computer generated images.

“I am really pleased to have been given this challenge because it is nice to recreate a little part of local history.”

In recent times Tanswell’s skills have taken him abroad, and he is about to embark on a second visit to an African game park to paint signs.

He recently published a book Writing Wrongs, and in November staged a show of his work at Cambridge Art Salon, while in September he will be exhibiting at the Handover Gallery, London.