Ray Jackson's favourite view is Holy Island Priory and Castle
Posted: 25 Nov 2010
Lindisfarne's Ray 'Jacka' Jackson loves the view of Holy Island Priory and Castle. The band did the iconic photo shoot for their 1971 No. 1 hit album Fog on the Tyne there. And Ray and the rest of the Geordie boys in the band - Alan Hull on guitar and piano, Rod Clements on bass, Si Cowe on guitar, and drummer Ray Laidlaw - also shot documentaries on the group, including The Other Lindisfarne for Tyne Tees TV, there.
Lindisfarne Priory and Castle picture copyright Graeme Peacock
Lindisfarne band pictures courtesy of Ray Laidlaw
Jacka, now 63, who lives in Oxfordshire these days, says: 'My favourite North East view has to be Lindisfarne Priory overlooking the Castle. We did the photoshoot for Fog on the Tyne on the island of course and had our pictures taken outside the Britannia guest house. I was up there on holiday this summer and my missus said:"You've got to have your picture taken there again! So here it is.
"My son still lives up there and my auntie but sadly my parents are not around any more so I don't get back to the North East as much as I would like - maybe two to three times a year."
Ray now makes a living as an artist and illustrator and paints terrific pictures of vintage buses - although he has also been been playing music festivals this year in England and Europe with his band The Gathering.
He has had a passion for painting buses since he was a teenager. "I was an only child with a sad life," he jokes. "Seriously I was always interested in buses as the working man's form of transport. There was hardly anyone who had a car when I was growing up in Wallsend. We lived in a terraced house overlooking the shipyards and I've got a photograph somewhere that my dad took with just one car in the street. It's amazing how things have moved on."
To check out his amazing pictures