A BURTON artist has turned her attention to creating two lasting pieces of art based on one of the town’s most popular figures.
Yasmin Donlon, of Byrkley Street, Burton, revealed that she had painted two pictures of Trolley Ted and had even written a poem about the much-loved trolley collector.
The pensioner has been thrust back into the limelight recently after appearing in Mail Remembers, unleashing a flood of memories from readers.
Mrs Donlon said: “I knew him from his time collecting the trolleys and wanted to do something to honour him.
“He was a local character and I thought this was a great way of remembering him.
“He was well known throughout the town and not one person can really say they have not heard of Ted.”
The popular pensioner, known for collecting abandoned supermarket trolleys and returning them to their owners, was banned by Sainsbury’s bosses when they opened a store in 1997 because management said he was too scruffy.
But, after a campaign led by the Mail and supported by thousands, the company relented and allowed Ted to carry on his voluntary duties.
Ted, a World War Two veteran and former JCB worker, moved from Rocester to Burton in 1983.
He was a popular figure around the town’s cafes, which he frequented while taking a break from collecting trolleys across the town.
Ted continued to collect trolleys for many more years until he passed away in 2006.
Mrs Donlon has in the past written books about cats including All the Cats of My Life – Tail Trails, Passing the Time and Manx Cat Tails.
Mrs Donlon also wrote a story about working at Robirch – now Kerry Foods – called The Big Splash when in her late 20s.
She began to write her stories after meeting author Derek Tangye and has a BA in Fine Art and Sculpture from Leicester University.