Stamps artist Pete has got vaccine plea licked

Former teacher and pop art man Pete Mason has got Covid regulations licked and is determined to boost the take-up of vaccinations among people across the country.

Artist Pete Mason has created this piece depicting the famous Kitchener poster
Artist Pete Mason has created this piece depicting the famous Kitchener poster

He also thinks his latest masterpiece would make the perfect backdrop for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Pete, aged 77, from Hednesford, Cannock, is known for his huge masterpieces made out of postage stamps.

His work is well known both here and in America and his latest masterpiece, which took three weeks to complete, is three feet by four feet in dimension and includes 2,500 stamps.

Pete has replicated the famous Lord Kitchener "We Need You" recruitment poster

The artwork features Lord Kitchener wearing a mask featuring the Union Jack and a vaccination needle.

Pete, who was an art teacher at various schools but mainly Manor Farm Community School at Walsall, before retiring when he was 66, said: "I am annoyed by people not wearing masks and those not taking up the offer of vaccinations against Covid-19.

"I firmly believe that no-one is safe until everyone is safe by having the vaccinations offered.

"I am hoping that the artwork will go on show and feel it ought to be in Number 10 as a backdrop to the Prime Minister's briefings.

"It shows a droplet coming from the needle formed from gold stamps and designed to show that not only are vaccines golden but are also like gold for those who cannot get them."

His largest work was completed to mark the Queen's Jubilee and consisted of a staggering 30,000 stamps and at three storeys high was exhibited at Whiteley's shopping centre in London.

By Sue Smith

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