Support our Nation today - please donate here

‘She said you’ve captured it perfectly’ – ‘Spider Nan’ artist

16 Mar 2024 3 minute read
Photo issued by Tee2Sugars of his artwork of Anne Hughes being hoisted off the ground outside the Best One convenience store in Tonteg. Photo Tee2Sugars/PA Wire

A Welsh artist has paid tribute to a woman who took the internet by storm when she became caught in a shop’s moving shutter.

Artist Tee2Sugars, also known as Tee, from the Rhondda Valley, was one of millions who watched the viral clip of Anne Hughes being hoisted off the ground outside the Best One convenience store in Tonteg earlier this year.

CCTV Footage

CCTV footage shows Ms Hughes hanging almost upside down several feet from the ground, clutching at her bag for a period before someone from inside the shop emerges to rescue her.

“I’ve seen it, I shared it with my wife, we had a little bit of a chuckle,” Tee, 33, told the PA news agency.

“I didn’t really think anything of it after that until the shop owner got in touch.

“He said we would like to encapsulate or immortalise Anne on the shutter.

“As soon as he said that he didn’t have to finish the rest of the sentence. I said ‘yeah, I’ll be on my way.’”

Tricky canvas

Tee completed the artwork in two hours later on Thursday, saying he was happy enough with the result due to the tricky canvas and the grainy CCTV footage.

On Friday, Tee travelled back to the shop to get a picture in the daylight, and was lucky enough to stumble upon the grand reveal to Ms Hughess, dubbed Spider Nan and Spider Anne after the mishap.

“She got to see it, we had a little moment together, she said ‘you’ve captured it perfectly’ and she was so happy with it,” said Tee.

“She was such a good sport about it as well.

“It’s not something that’s going to change her life but it’s a funny moment that’s going to be remembered forever.”

Anne Hughes with the artwork by Tee2Sugars. Photo Tee2Sugars/PA Wire

Meanwhile, anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of the artwork will have to do so late at night or early in the morning.

“It’s a pity really because if she was on the other shutter they could have had the shutter down but it’s on the doorway shutter so unfortunately the mural has opening hours from 9pm til 7am!” said Tee.

Support our Nation today

For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.