A teacher and artist who died last year is being recognised at a special exhibition in Manchester this weekend, marking the anniversary of his death.

David Langston was a former English teacher at St Peter’s RC High School, now St Monica’s, for 22 years and died in March last year aged 80.  

He was an avid sketcher and painter for more than five decades and his passion is what led his wife, Ann Langston, to curate the special exhibition, titled "Dear Manchester".  

It features a series of more than 40 paintings in oil and several charcoal sketches which feature some of Lancashire and Manchester’s most iconic buildings and landmarks. 

These include the famous Express newspaper building on Ancoats Street, Manchester Central (GMEX), and even a homage to the famous Hacienda nightclub. 

Some well known Lancashire scenes will also feature the showing will be open to the public for free this weekend as a celebration of the artist’s passion for the city, region and love of art. 

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Originally from Carlisle, he found a passion for painting and creativity and was something of a self-described “tearaway” in his youth, later making Manchester his home.

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Following his marriage, David lived in Prestwich and then Bury in his later years, and had two daughters, Clare and Katy, who helped to organise the show.  

Bury Times: David Langston's art exhibition David Langston's art exhibition (Image: Public)

The event will take place on March 18 and 19 at the Saan 1 Art Gallery in the Northern Quarter between 12pm and 6pm. 

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Several of the original art pieces will be available for sale with 20 per cent of proceeds going to the artist’s favourite charities. 

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