Thursday 20 March 2014

Simon Weston OBE

The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) has unveiled this portrait of Falklands War veteran Simon Weston OBE, who suffered 46% burns to his face and body when the Sir Galahad was attacked in 1982. He underwent more than 70 operations to rebuild his face! He has since raised millions of pounds for charity to support people living with disfigurement. Viewers of BBC's The One Show chose Weston from a shortlist of 12 public figures who they felt most deserved to have their image hung at the gallery. This is the first joint commission between the NPG and BBC. In April Fiona Bruce - the glamorous face of Fake Or Fortune? - will present a BBC documentary on the painting of the portrait and Weston's life (CLICK). One to look out for.


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