Mayor’s mural hopes for Covid-hit traders

The mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens hopes that a publicly backed mural project will aid the fortunes of traders who are struggling because of Covid-19.

Artwork on the wall of the Old Mill on Seymour Street, Ballymoney
Artwork on the wall of the Old Mill on Seymour Street, Ballymoney

UUP man Richard Holmes described the partly finished scheme as “stunning”, as work continues on a handful of remaining sites.

In Limavady, five artworks in the alleyways off Market Street have been completed, with another two planned in the next week.

Work is also now under way on Castle Steet, in Ballycastle, and murals in Portrush, Portstewart, Coleraine and Ballymoney are also coming together.

Sea eagle mural overlooking The Diamond in Portstewart

Mr Holmes said: “Given the challenges our towns have faced in recent times we need to be innovative and forward thinking to encourage new and returning footfall, and these murals are already proving to be a fantastic talking point.”

He said the completed works are “just a small taste of the work so far, with further art set to emerge in the days and weeks ahead,” adding: “We want to encourage people to visit our towns, enjoy these pieces, and in turn we hope this will translate into support for our local businesses as their recovery from the pandemic continues.”

Funding for the project has been provided by the Department for Communities.

Following a tendering process, Daisy Chain Inc. was commissioned to deliver the artwork.

Follow their progress on Twitter at @DaisyChainInc

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