Eccleston George


Cheerio old chum, it's time to set you free!

Posted by Eccleston George Team on March 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Ten years ago a new boy joined our Eccleston George team, his name was, and still is, Spike Oatley . The truth is that until Spike came along Eccleston George wasn't so much a team as it was a duo consisting of Nigel George and Chris Eccleston. Spike's arrival brought the dawn of a new era for us as the duo became a 'team' for the first time....... Eccleston George, it turned out, would never be the same again. This shift from being just two blokes working together to becoming an adaptive collective has stayed with us until this day. Many more members have joined our band of merry creative practitioners and the group dynamic and the projects we deliver have continued to grow and morph as a result.


This week will see yet another example of us embracing change as after ten years of service to the Eccleston George collective we say cheerio to member number three, Spike Oatley. Spike and his beautiful family are about to set sail from our Island shores and head out westward on a brand new adventure.


Us lot wish Spike, Catherine, Ernie and Ellie the very best for their new life ahead.


Nige has this message for Spike.


"Over the last ten years, hour for hour, I think I've spent more time with you than anyone else I know (including my own family). Despite being in some very tight work situations, countless tiny enclosures meant for very small animals, up ladders, on scaffold, dangling from ropes, in boiling hot places, in freezing cold places and in more school classrooms than most will see in their in spite of being squeezed into an array of site caravans, chalets, hotel rooms and other miscellaneous digs on location, I know that we've never had a cross word in all that time....I reckon that's an amazing rare thing and rather splendid too.

Seeing you transform over the years has been incredibly inspiring, a brilliant lesson in how to find, and live in, your element. Standing back and watching your musical talent emerge over those ten years has been utterly mesmerising and has been a great reminder of how important it is to keep the fire in one's soul ignited.

So now as you head off to Ireland I console myself that this isn't the end of our friendship but a whole new chapter in a continuing story of what's possible for all of us. Our loss is Ireland's gain, no doubt about it....and anyway I've a sneaky feeling that it's only a matter of time before us Eccleston Georgers pick up our first ever project in an Irish school or something. In the meantime good luck with finding those new pastures of emerald green mate and thanks, it been a blast."

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