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Artist Planning Ariana Portrait Sales In Aid Of Manchester Bomb Victims

The man who created the Eric Morecambe portrait that hangs in Morecambe Town Hall is now working on a piece with Ariana Grande as the subject.

Rob Newbiggin is working on a portrait of the singer after she organised a benefit gig for victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, which happened after one of her concerts.

Mr. Newbiggin intends to get his work noticed and signed by Grande - he hopes if it's shared enough on social media, she'll agree to meet him and endorse it.

He'll then auction it off in aid of the We Love Manchester fund, set up in the wake of last month's atrocity. He's also planning a on selling limited edition prints for the same cause.

His preparatory works show Grande with a worker bee - the iconic representation of the city's industrial past has become a symbol of solidarity in the wake of the attack.

Mr. Newbiggin reckons the finished article is a week away or so.

The artist has also revealed plans for a tribute to the youngest victim.

Rob said: "I've also contacted the Saffie Roussos family about producing a portrait for the family of the 8-year old school girl, who was the youngest to die in the Manchester tragedy, and a mural for Tarleton Community Primary school, which is 6 minutes away from where I live in Mawdesley.

"The tragedy of her passing resonated with me very much and really upset me; especially having two daughters and my youngest Sapphire being the same age, 8-years old.

"The family are aware of my offer and is something that will be sorted when the time is appropriate."

Mr. Newbiggin's portrait of Eric Morecambe was revealed in August 2015 with Eric's wife and daughter.

It was commissioned by David Brayshaw, Chairman of Morecambe Carnival, and his wife Carla.  

Proceeds from sales of prints and postcards of the portrait go towards the annual Carnival.

Meanwhile, The Bay's listeners have helped raise more than £2,500 for the We Love Manchester fund too by purchasing We Love MCR car stickers.

A limited number are still available - click here for details on how to get one.

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