Andy Murray grandparents get painting from veteran

Roy and Shirley Erskine will be presented with the painting. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Roy and Shirley Erskine will be presented with the painting. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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The grandparents of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will visit the Scottish War Blinded day centre at Linburn tomorrow to be presented with a painting of their grandson at Wimbledon drawn by a 93 year old visually impaired RAF veteran.

Shirley and Roy Erskine will receive the painting, titled ‘Andy Murray Serving an Ace at Wimbledon’ from Scottish War Blinded member Dorothy Wheatley.

Inspired by Andy Murray’s first round win at Wimbledon, Dorothy began work on the piece as an art project at the Linburn Centre at Wilkieston, which is run by charity Scottish War Blinded, completing it in time for his win in the final versus Novac Djokovic.

Dorothy said: “When I started the painting, I wished I was there at Wimbledon watching the match. Even though I can’t see much it brought the sound of the play much closer.”

Mr and Mrs Erskine will also tour the facilities at the Linburn Centre, which won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Building of the Year award in 2011.

They will be shown around the various activity rooms, specialist equipment, gardens, mobility and orientation features, which will be of particular interest to Mr Erskine as a retired optician.

Linburn Centre manager Sheila Mutch said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Mr and Mrs Erskine to the Linburn Centre. Dorothy has produced a wonderful painting and is honoured to be able to present it to Andy’s grandparents.”