Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Felixstowe: Youngsters’ mural gives colourful welcome to resort rail passengers

12:45 24 July 2014

The Level Two youth project in Felixstowe has created a mural on the platform at Felixstowe Train Station.

The Level Two youth project in Felixstowe has created a mural on the platform at Felixstowe Train Station.

Sarah Lucy brown

Young artists have created a colourful new mural to welcome travellers to Felixstowe’s railway station.

The project was initiated and developed by Felixstowe Travel Watch chairman and official Abellio Greater Anglia station adopter, Richard Holland, who wanted to replace earlier worn and weatherbeaten murals at the site.

He approached the Level Two project, which has its youth hub above Tesco in the town centre, and youngsters rose to the challenge with passion and enthusiasm.

They created an impressive mural depicting a train travelling through time with each carriage decorated with images from different decades and references to the resort’s history.

It includes the town’s coat of arms and those of Felixstowe’s German twin towns, Wesel and Salzwedel.

Mr Holland said: “We were very pleased that the leaders and young people at Level Two agreed to take on this project.

“It is a testimonial to their enthusiasm and hard work and has brightened up the public approach at the station forecourt.”

Wendy O’Connor, project administrator at Level Two, said: “Level Two are proud of all our young people and it’s a real confidence boost for those involved in this project to see their work exhibited so publicly.

“Since January we have had 533 young people access our youth facilities which cover a wide range of services including mentoring vulnerable young people, out of school activities and additional needs support.

“We’re grateful for the support which we receive from members of the local community.”

James Steward, area customer service manager for Abellio Greater Anglia, said: “I’m pleased we were able to do our bit to support this worthwhile project from Felixstowe Travel Watch and Level Two and we’re delighted to receive it here at the station.

“Our station adopter scheme was created to provide a link to the local communities we serve and I think this project demonstrates that admirably.”

Mayor of Felixstowe, Graham Newman unveiled the mural and was delighted at the lovely welcome it would give people using the station’s hourly passenger service.

He said further improvements were expected to the station later this summer, including CCTV cameras to improve security and a ticket vending machine which would also give people the opportunity to buy advance travel tickets. The machines were already proving successful on other east coast stations.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A speeding driver who failed to take a breath test after being pursued by police has been disqualified from driving for 24 months.

A 50-year-old man from east London who was arrested in connection with a fatal road crash in Hitcham last week has been bailed.

Youngsters and teenagers in Suffolk are preparing themselves for the bracing conditions of this year’s Christmas Day Dip for the first time.

Hopes of building a major new rail link from East Anglia to Bristol, creating an “Arc of Prosperity” around London have received a major boost.

The award for a Suffolk town’s ‘best dressed Christmas window’ made a short journey across the street after changing hands for the first time in two years.

Suffolk County Council is increasingly taking on a new role as a landlord for other organisations as services are transferred to outside bodies, councillors will be told later this week.

Suffolk’s health service bosses are set to move into the county council headquarters at Endeavour House – a decade after there was an outcry over their move to Rushbrook House in the Suffolk countryside.

Suffolk beach hut owners have been given the chance to have their say on controversial proposals to impose “extortionate” increases to rents and charges.

There were no dancing cups and saucers, singing clocks or candelabra hosts but who needs the Disney sparkle when you have the true magic of panto?

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24