Ten years ago today I created the 18th post for Greenford 365. To mark the blog’s anniversary I will attempt to post a photo every day throughout 2022.
On this day, ten years ago, I was in a workshop at the back of these premises, photographing the proprietor at work. At the time Lawrence Graham-Leigh probably assumed that he would continue to frame pictures at Artmaster, established by his parents, and perhaps pass the business on to his son. Cancer intervened in 2016 and although money was raised very quickly by his friends to pay for a place on a treatment trial it did not happen in time to help him. In the end it paid for his funeral and became a small inheritance for his child.
Charming, funny, hardworking and, above all, kind, Lawrence was one of the most positive people I have ever known. All but the most serious conversations I had with him were punctuated with chuckles and giggles. I think he agreed to be photographed for the blog to get a little publicity for the shop but a side line, which wasn’t mentioned at the time, had been Fluffy Bunny Records, through which he promoted punk and indie bands. He is best known for putting on Green Day’s first gig in London. Lawrence is particularly well described in this piece, written in 2016 by his friend and fellow promoter, Sean Worrall.
His passing left large Lawrence shaped holes in the lives of all those who knew him and I doubt if there are many in Greenford who don’t think of him when they pass this place. The post war Modernist shop front has gone but I know that he would find it hilarious that a tattooist now works where framed pictures once waited to be collected and paid for.
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