Poor Paddy

Poor Paddy

A good portrait and equally good story behind it!

Two lovely portraits Michael

Thanks Gudrun. It's a bit rubbed and muddy for me but the story's okay.

Hang on Studio Wall

Pastel. Me and Franky were down Honeypot Lane in Darlington when a load of Irish Travellers came in the pub including this fellow, Paddy Nolan the bare knuckle fighter. Paddy said he'd heard about Franky and challenged him to a fight there and then with a wager of £300. It didn’t go three rounds, had to be stopped and Franky hadn't a mark on him. I felt sorry for the state Paddy was in. Franky donated his winnings to the Police Orphans Fund.

About the Artist
Michael McManus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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