Exhibition, ‘Painters of the North’, Stone Gallery: Including N.S. Cornish, Sheila Fell, L.S. Lowry, Theodore Major. Working at Tudhoe Park Drift Mine when, with recurring back problems, he requests redundancy. At the age of 47, after 33 years as a miner, he becomes a full-time professional artist. Starts teaching at Durham Technical College and Sunderland College of Art. Spends a week in Paris filming for the television series ‘Close Up Cornish in Paris’, written and produced by Frank Kilbride, with Bob Langley reporting, for Tyne Tees Television.