The Stone Gallery relocates to St Mary's Place, Newcastle upon Tyne. 44 pieces listed and reviewed in national press. Durham County Council commissions a 29 x 6 foot mural for County Hall at Aykley Heads, Durham. Given twelve months unpaid leave of absence from Mainsforth Colliery, Ferryhill Station, to work on the commission. Receives a fee of £1000. Reluctant at first, persuaded by The Stone Gallery as a ‘cornerstone of his career.