UTTING, Benjamin Ernest

1913 - 1996

Benjamin Ernest Utting, was born at Kessingland, Suffolk on 29 December 1913, son of Austin Harold Utting, a fisherman, and his wife Annie née Welsh, who married at Kessingland on 25 December 1907. Benjamin married at Lothingland, Suffolk in 1936, Sylvia Daphne Durrant (30 October 1913-1980) and in 1939, 'a fisherman and weekly artist' living at Jones Cottages, Kessingland, Suffolk with his wife Sylvia. By the time of the Second World War, the fishing industry was in decline along the stretch of the Norfolk and Suffolk coast and tourists were taking over, moving in to enjoy the air, the newly built promenades and the frequent train connections with London. The tourists took photographs of the local fishermen, lolling against their boats wtih high Cossack hats, tight Guernsey sweaters, heavy thigh boots with metal cleats. But, like many others, with the fishermen not enough money to live they indulged in the artist painting boats and their surrounding, selling them to eke out their weekly wages and Utting was both a fisherman and painter. He may have married again in 1982, Laura Alice Darkins (1917-1997). Benjamin died at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on 11 January 1996.