UTTING, Benjamin Ernest

1913 - 1996

Born at Kessingland, Suffolk on 29 December 1913, son of Austin Harold Utting, a fisherman, and his wife Annie née Welsh, who married at Kessingland on 25 December 1907. He married at Lothingland, Suffolk in 1936, Sylvia Daphne Durrant (30 October 1913-1980) and in 1939 'a fisherman and weekly artist' living at Jones Cottages, Kessingland, Suffolk with his wife Sylvia. The fishing industry was in decline along the stretch of the Norfolk and Suffolk coast by the time of the Second World War. Tourists were taking over, moving in to enjoy the air, the newly built promenades, the frequent train connections with London. They took photographs of the fishermen lolling against their boats: high Cossack hats, tight Guernsey sweaters, heavy thigh boots with metal cleats. But, like many others, with not enough money to live they indulged in painting boats and their surrounding, selling them to eke out their weekly wages and Utting was both a fisherman and painter. He may have married again in 1982, Laura Alice Darkins (1917-1997) and Benjamin died at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk in 1996.