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Deep Southwick

My lovely home town Southwick- a hidden green gem tucked behind the railway line and industrial estates of the Shoreham Port north banks. Found by data scientists in 2017 to be one of the “most normal” towns in England (!), its shops and picturesque power station provided the backdrop for  Massive Attack and Ghostpoet’s ‘Come Near Me’ video,  and the town was a regular location for BBC’s not-much-missed Sussex cop show –Cuffs (featuring heavily in the linked clip).

It’s also home to punk poet Attila The Stockbroker, and represented at Adur Council by Dave Balfe– former Teardop Explode, and the “successful fella” inspiration for Blur’s Oasis-conquering No 1 ‘Country House’.

The real No 1 star of Southwick though has to be the glorious cricket green where Southwick CC– “The Wickers”- have played since 1790, making it one of the oldest clubs and grounds in the country. It’s a bit small for adult games, surrounded by cars and houses with breakable windows, so its first team days may be numbered for all but the thriving colt teams.

But for now the timeless action continues, and will always be there to see in this beautiful and affordable art print!

(Click on the image for a better view)