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A photographic pub crawl around Lancaster has developed into a new exhibition at The Dukes gallery.

Lancaster-based freelance photographer Darren Andrews has based his exhibition - Mother’s Ruin - on a day spent taking pictures in some of the city’s most well known and popular pubs.

The result is a display of striking portraits showing a wide array of characters including customers and landlords, and is Darren’s first exhibition of colour photographs.

Darren said: “All the images, except one, were taken during a recent Saturday session starting in the afternoon at The Moorlands and finishing at the Lord Ashton in the evening, stopping off at The Square, The Ring O’Bells, Golden Lion, The Pub, Bar Eleven and The Yorkshire House. And yes, I did have a drink in each one.

“There’s some great characters in these places, especially the ones propping up the bar during the day.”

Darren has been a professional photographer for more than 20 years. He has worked for national and local newspapers and magazines. He now specialises in freelance assignments.

Darren has also exhibited his work in galleries nationwide including in London and has pictures in the Royal Photographic Society Archive.

His latest collection of portraits has been put together exclusively for The Dukes to coincide with the run of the theatre’s new home produced show – Two – which is set in a Northern pub.

It also reflects The Dukes Pub Season which marks the theatre’s 40th anniversary this autumn.

Mother’s Ruin runs until October 30 at The Dukes gallery which is open from 10am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday. Please call the box office on 01524 598500 to check opening times if you’re making a special journey as occasionally the space is closed to the public.

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