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Mural created by young people unveiled at Felixstowe railway station

PUBLISHED: 12:49 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:49 07 June 2018

The new mural being unveiled in Felixstowe. L-R: station adopter Richard Holland, Shez Hopkins Level 2 project manager, artist Heather Prince and Mayor of Felixstowe Graham Newman Picture: EAST SUFFOLK LINE COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP

The new mural being unveiled in Felixstowe. L-R: station adopter Richard Holland, Shez Hopkins Level 2 project manager, artist Heather Prince and Mayor of Felixstowe Graham Newman Picture: EAST SUFFOLK LINE COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP

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A new mural has been unveiled to welcome visitors to Felixstowe’s railway station.

The mural is the latest to be designed for the station by students from the Level Two Youth Project.

The latest piece was created by 15 students aged 10 to 13.

It was produced following a three day workshop given to the pupils by professional artist Heather Prince.

The project was funded by the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership and was co-ordinated with the help of Felixstowe Town Council.

The mural incorporates several individual pieces of artwork, all of which Felixstowe.

Local tourism, the port and the railway line itself all feature in the new combined mural.

Felixstowe Mayor Graham Newman said:“The Ipswich to Felixstowe passenger rail service is vital to the town’s tourism industry, as well as being a lifeline to daily commuters, students and long distance travellers.

“We want the lines stations to reflect this importance to every section of the travelling public.

“What better way could there be to endorse this importance than to invite Felixstowe’s younger generation to contribute to this welcome mural.”

The project brief was drawn up by the rail partnership which is made up of members of the town and local parish councils, local businesses and volunteer station adopter and rail user groups.

The Level Two Youth Project is dedicated to promoting young people’s welfare within Felixstowe.

Shez Hopkins, Project Manager for Level Two said, “We were delighted to continue our association with the station mural with this latest installation, our projects aim to provide a lively programme of activities providing young people with a wide range of different and interesting things to do alongside our Mentoring & Counselling work within local Schools.”

Martin Halliday, community rail officer for the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership said: “This latest community art installation provides a colourful welcome to the station and we are hugely grateful to the students and management team at Level Two, artist Heather Prince, Felixstowe Town Council for coordinating the project and Greater Anglia for providing such a prominent place to display the finished product.”

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