New book paints of picture of Dewsbury over the last half-century

Malcolm East.
Malcolm East.

For more than 50 years Malcolm East has been sketching and painting local life in and around Dewsbury.

Now his story and evocative artwork are captured in a new book that will be launched next week.

The launch event for ‘When I was a Lad and a Working Man’ is on Tuesday, October 18 at the West Riding Licensed Refreshment Rooms at the railway station (11am).

Much of Malcolm’s work records changes to the town, especially the loss of favourites such as Caddy`s Ice Cream Parlour and the town’s cinemas.

Malcolm will be on hand at the book’s launch to sign books, and other book signings have been arranged

Malcolm is well-known as the ‘Umbrella Man’ because many of his paintings were of rainy days in Dewsbury and everyone had umbrellas.

However, the market for Malcolm’s paintings is not limited to Dewsbury, for he has fans all over the world.

Some years ago he did a selection of paintings in the form of Christmas card in aid of Dewsbury’s Christmas Lights appeal.

“I have always painted for pleasure and not profit,” recalled Malcolm.

“All the proceeds of my paintings have always gone to charity.”

The book is priced at £10 and all profits will go to Martin House Children’s Hospice.

It is available to purchase from the Hive, Kingsway Arcade, Dewsbury, Dawson’s Books, Dewsbury Market, and various other outlets.

It can also be ordered by post (At a cost of £12), by e-mailing or alternatively you can order from Eastfield Books, 31 Wellington Road Dewsbury WF13 1HL (cheques payable to Eastfield Books).