Love Where You Live | Sharing My New Boro Butlins Print


Any one who knows me where I live and work in Teesside in the North East of England will know that I am a champion of causes. My town often gets  bad press in the media and tv and I don’t really understand why. The town centre and some of the surrounding areas are much like many other town and city centres around the UK from what I see on my own travels.

It was even published a few years ago that Middlesbrough was one of the worst places for a young girl to grow up. There are a string of online news articles about it. I got on my high horse about that and have been active in many areas both online and offline since to encourage more people to ‘love where you live.’

I live in a part of Teesside that is really close to the  North East coast and the North Yorkshire Moors. I have access to great roads that give me quick and easy routes to all the nearest major cities of York, Newcastle, Leeds and Durham. So I’m super happy about where I live and the lifestyle it affords me.

My passion for where I live has seeped into my collection of wall art. You might remember that I am creating a gallery wall in my sitting room.

Here’s an updated photograph of the wall

But I’ve also now started collecting prints that depict something  local to me with the ‘love where you live’ vibe as I said.

I was over the moon to be sent a limited edition print from a very quirky, local design company called TurtleDust. I love collecting prints  now. It’s almost a hobby. I was like a kid at Christmas when I knew this one was on the way. This print depicts a tongue in cheek nod to Middlesbrough’s iconic Transporter Bridge.

They call it Boro Butlins – 1958-2018

{It’s a limited edition you can order here.}

It’s A2 size. I’ve got to be honest I’ve always struggled to source  frames this size but good old Ikea came to the rescue. I think this one was about £15.00. I practically squealed with delight once my print was safely housed and I could display.

Boro Butlins Print By TurtleDust
Boro Butlins Print By TurtleDust
Boro Butlins Print By TurtleDust

I’ve actually found a home for it next to one of my other favourite ‘boro’ prints; my Sean Sims Subway Ironopolis which you can still buy on the artist’s website here. This is them both in my dining room.

TurtleDust And Sean Sims

I have one other print I’m hoping to include on this wall very soon. I will reveal all once I have it.

I also love this one of Captain James Cook. For anyone who doesn’t know this famous Boro lad who went on to become an intrepid explorer was born about five minutes away from where I live. Way back in 1728 in Marton in Middlesbrough. Wiki says he was a Yorkshire lad. Marton isn’t in Yorkshire but maybe we were classed as Yorkshire back in the 16th century.

“He achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.”

TurtleDust like to portray him as DJ James Cook, ‘Beat Endeavour’.



The Turtledust coolness isn’t just about local wall art, though. Seriously, I could spend every penny I earn on everything they have for sale!

I mean look at this Debbie Harry print …

Lady Deborah Ann Harry

Debbie Harry Turtledust
Debbie Harry Turtledust

Lord Bowie

David Bowie TurtleDust


Elvis Taking Care Of His Beats

TurtleDust Elvis Print


My print arrived with a selection of colourful and witty cards which I have safely stored in the back of the frame for posterity and when I’m old {er} and I know this will be a modern day heirloom.

TurtleDust Boro Butlins Print

I am totally in love and I realise I have used the word ‘cool’ a lot which makes me  … errr ..  un-cool doesn’t it? 🙂

I’d love to know if you have a passion for iconic prints or if like me you collect prints that have a nod to loving where you live

TurtleDust kindly gifted me the Boro Butlins print unframed. I was under no obligation to write about it but as part of my lifestyle and how I style my home section of my blog I hoped it would be of interest to my readers.


  1. August 22, 2018 / 7:31 am

    Wow! I love that Debbie Harry print! Fabulous! All of them. I think of Vivienne Westwood when I see that!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      August 23, 2018 / 12:17 am

      Isn’t it fab, Nancy? I bet a Westwood one would be amazing too. I’ve love Debbie Harry. I remember one of the boys at school bringing in her album to play on the ‘record player’ {feeling old now or can I say retro?!!} in the common room. We were so in awe of her. I got to see her last year in concert in Brixton and she was still amazing xo

  2. Nayeli
    August 22, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    You’ve just made me homesick/ a little bit jealous as I live in Thailand but am very proud to be from Teesside.
    Think I might just have to have a look for my own Boro Butlins poster now…

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      August 23, 2018 / 12:18 am

      Wow Nayeli you are long way from Teesside!! You must get a print for your wall, hun xo

  3. August 22, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    Love your eye for colour and those prints. There is an exhibition (coming to an end soon) at the British Library on James Cook, really good – recommend it if you get down there. JC was my history crush as a young thing (other people mooned over movie stars, I thought he was infinitely more delicious to look at…), and as a Kiwi I feel he has a connection 🙂 As someone married to a guy from Whitley bay, I find the gritty north-east of England enthralling – I love the layers of social history, endlessly fascinating and beautiful in its own way, love it – not like anywhere else.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      August 23, 2018 / 12:21 am

      Oh there are so many good exhibitions on in London, Juliet, aren’t there? I’m hoping to get down for the Frida Kahlo one at Albert & Victoria. I’m desperate to see that.

      You’ve certainly got a few Northern touch points in your life there haven’t you? Fancy having a crush on JC!! The thinking woman’s crumpet eh?? 😉 xo

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