It’s not every day a school lets its caretaker lead an important anniversary celebration but, for The Royal High in Bath, modest and self-effacing Perry Harris was just the man to help the institution celebrate 20 years since its official foundation – after, that is, Bath High merged with the Royal School.
Perry has worked there as caretaker for all those years but pupils and staff know he is also a man with amazing artistic talents and it’s those on show at the school this weekend- in a special commemorative exhibition of his work.
He’s the man to go to for school Christmas cards or a cartoon-styled tour de force to mark someone’s leaving or retirement.
Outside the school grounds, we know of his artistic style too. Imagine Bath – as a friend told me earlier – without his witty and colourful impressions of the city and its life.
It gave me great pleasure – on behalf of Bath Newseum – to pop up and say hello. So – l asked – as regards your exhibition – why now and why here?