An art deco style mural inspired by Morecambe Bay's past has been completed.
The gable wall of a terrace in Sandylands Promenade, Morecambe, has been covered with a stunning mural to the seaside town, following a month of work.
Influenced by the personal testimonies and stories of the people who live on the promenade, 'Come and be happy at Morecambe' was commissioned by Deco Publique, a company that support town regeneration through cultural and creative projects.
They hired mural painting group Cobalt Collective to put their skills to the test in covering the 180 metre square canvas.
Founded by artists Erin Bradley-Scott, Chelsea Frew, Kat Loudon and Edda Karólína Ævarsdóttir, Cobalt put in the legwork to create the mural.
They said: "The inspiration behind the wording and design of the mural have come directly from the Morecambe community.
"During lockdown we held telephone interviews and Facebook chats with Morecambe’s finest sandgrown’un’s.
"Some residents local to Sandylands Promenade, bed and breakfast owners who operated in Morecambe in the 1950s and 1960s as well as people who currently use Morecambe’s mile promenade for health, well-being and recreation activities.
"The conversations with locals about the rich history of the resort and their love of Morecambe today gave a wealth of visuals to work with.”
Work on the four-storey tall mural began in May with a vast scaffolding structure covering the gable end on Sandylands Promenade.
Erin and Kat, of the Cobalt Collective, put the finishing touches to the piece before the scaffolding was removed over the weekend (June 12-13).
The mural, painted in bright art deco shades of red, yellow, and blue, celebrates Morecambe's golden age of tourism in the 1960s, when it was seen as a prime holiday destination.
The main focus of the piece is the golden Morecambe sands with a number of divers, dressed in vintage swimming costumes, using the flake of a giant ice cream cone to dive into the iridescent waters.
Morecambe pier can be seen in the background with the message "A bay of big skies and shifting tides, come and be happy at Morecambe" written across the piece.
A pair of skaters make up the foreground, a reference to Kingsway Baths which doubled up as a roller skating rink in the 1950s.
The mural is also part of dedication to Wakes Week, formerly a religious holiday in England which often led to seaside visits in the Victorian era as the working class were finally able to afford their own holidays.
Deco Publique's project is just the latest in a line of exciting ventures intent on brightening up the town.
Artists have been adding their own work to the hoardings surrounding the former Frontierland site since February.
Depictions of Thora Hird, Freddie Mercury, jellyfish, and more, currently adorn the hoardings.
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