John Barnes featured in unique new portrait series commissioned by the National Lottery
John Barnes couldn’t be happier that the world is finally back on the move, writes Will Jennings.
And with this summer’s European Championships just around the corner, the former England ace has been delighted with a long-awaited return to his former Three Lions ‘happy place’ as lockdown restrictions lift. relaxed.
Barnes, who racked up 79 caps for England between 1983 and 1995, took part in a new series of portraits commissioned by the national lottery called “Ticket To Your Happy Place”
The groundbreaking series is produced by photographer Tom Oldham and celebrates all the places that make us happy, that we love to visit and that we have missed over the past year.
Football madman Barnes, who played a memorable role as a rapper on New Order’s Italia 90 hit “World In Motion”, crowned Wembley Stadium as his favorite haunt and loved to reappear as the iconic old arch.
The 57-year-old, whose portrait was commissioned to celebrate National Lottery Open House Week (June 5-13) and National Lottery Cinema Weekend (June 19-20), said: “I have had many happy memories here at Wembley.
“One of my earliest memories is when I was a young boy growing up in Jamaica watching the 1974 FA Cup final where Liverpool beat Newcastle.
“Today I love coming to Wembley on my own because I love being in my own area and savoring the atmosphere – even though there are 90,000 other people around!
“I think what’s amazing about Wembley is that it gives everyone, not just elite football teams, the feeling of accomplishment and happiness when they come together.”
Wembley Stadium Manager Liam Boylan added: “We are delighted that John has chosen Wembley Stadium as his ‘happy place’ and to know that like so many others he has such affection for our iconic venue. .
“The funding for the National Lottery was crucial for the construction of Wembley Stadium, and this is our way of saying thank you to everyone who bought a National Lottery ticket, helped us on our journey and made a contribution. vital to supporting good causes. “
The National Lottery Open Week offers specials and free entry to participating theaters from June 5-13, while the National Lottery Cinema Weekend (June 19-20) is handing out free movie tickets to more than 500 theaters across the UK. All this as a thank you for the £ 30million raised every week for good causes by players in the National Lottery.
And Oldham’s series of celebrations highlighted several other ‘happy places’ across the UK, with Welsh swimming stars Daniel Jervis and Xavier Castelli also pictured returning to their favorite haunt.
Two-time Commonwealth Games medalist Jervis and Castelli say the Wales National Pool is their happy place and both have loved reflecting on their memories of the Swansea site.
Jervis, 24, said: “This is where I won my first gold medal. What I love most about the pool is how calm I feel.
“I’ve been training everyday since I was a kid so I really missed this place when it was closed. I’m really happy to be back underwater and back with my friends.
High performance swimmer Castelli, 30, added: “The National Pool here in Swansea is a place where we can be ourselves.
“Being in the water makes me feel relaxed and where I feel most comfortable, so I’m really looking forward to competing again with a suitable crowd and being in a club environment with my teammates. . “
London resident and writer-director Marley Morrison is also part of the Oldham series and hailed BFI Southbank as her “happy place”.
Morrison recently presented his first feature film – Sweetheart – at the Glasgow Film Festival where he won the prestigious Audience Award.
And after visiting her beloved BFI Southbank, the 35-year-old said: “I’m happiest sitting in the back row of BFI Southbank watching a good movie with my friends.
“Cinema in general has changed my life in many ways. It helped me understand myself better and gave me a glimpse into other people’s lives. Cinema gives many marginalized people around the world the opportunity to see themselves on screen. “
Photographer Oldham is the creative force behind the ‘Ticket To Your Happy Place’ series, which comes after National Lottery research found that more than eight in ten of us (81%) missed our ‘happy place. ” in lock-out.
More than half (57%) of UK adults want to visit their favorite place at the first opportunity and the proud Oldham added: “The greatest privilege of being the photographer on this project was when I heard the stories behind every ‘happy place’.
“Whether it was a nature reserve, a sports complex, an art gallery or a cinema – each person had a story, unique to them, about why they chose its happy place.
“I am delighted that the National Lottery is helping people and institutions with the National Lottery Open House and Movie Weekend.”
To find the nearest participating Happy Place venues and cinemas, where your national lottery ticket or scratch card will unlock these special offers, go to http://www.NationalLotteryUnlocked.com