One lucky artist from Thanet had the fortune of meeting Sir David Jason in Margate, on the very same day he had completed a great artwork of the actor’s legendary character, Del Boy.
Ben Stokes works for UK Power Networks, but also enjoys painting celebrity portraits as a hobby and had been working on one of Del Boy since early February.
He got a message from a cousin informing him that Sir David Jason and John Challis (Boycie) were in town to film the upcoming Only Fools & Horses documentary.
The artist said: “I got home from work and went down there with my dad. We were lucky enough to catch David walking along Margate beach – I had only finished the painting of him that day.
“He was there with Boycie (John Challis) … filming for a documentary series about Only Fools and Horses.”
Sir David Jason then made his way into a restaurant on Marine Drive, where the two talked about the artwork and other matters before the actor signed the artwork.
Mr Stokes said: “David was great and asked me how long it took to paint. He was very chatty, shook my hand and also asked me who else I’ve painted.
“He’s one of the most iconic characters on TV – Only Fools and Horses has to be one of my favourites. You can watch the same episode over and over again but still find it funny.
“It’s nice to be recognised because I enjoy what I’m doing. People are commenting saying how good the work is and asking me to do a portrait for them, although it’s hard to find the time.”
You can view Ben Stokes’ work on his Instagram page: @benstokesart