Pupils and artist combine to brighten up rail station

Francesca Simpson with pupils from Hipsburn First School.

Francesca Simpson with pupils from Hipsburn First School.

Regular users and visitors to a north Northumberland train station will soon find their journeys brightened up by two murals by schoolchildren.

The artworks were unveiled on Monday by Alnmouth resident Dorothea Sinton at a special ceremony held before the end of the summer term, although the murals are to be installed at a later date.

It came about after the Friends of Alnmouth Station, chaired by Elizabeth Jones, approached Dot Charlton, headteacher at Hipsburn First School, late last year asking if children at the school would be interested in producing some artwork for the station.

The school then approached local artist Francesca Simpson, who had worked with the children at Hipsburn in previous years, and she came up with two designs, featuring Coquet Island and Bamburgh Castle.

She has spent several sessions in school and more than 30 children, working two at a time, produced the murals.

Also in attendance on Monday were station manager Paul Jones; Ian August, chairman of Lesbury in Bloom; Bill Bourne, chairman of the Alnmouth Arts Festival Committee; and Mayor of Alnwick Bill Grisdale.

Mrs Jones said: “These two posters are a fantastic addition to Alnmouth Station and the Friends can’t thank Francesca Simpson and Hipsburn First School enough for the enthusiasm and hard work that went into this commission to create these beautiful icons of Northumberland.”

Mrs Charlton added: ‘The children have thoroughly enjoyed this project and have again learned so much from Francesca. Now thanks to the Friends, they can see their hard work on permanent display for them and people from all over the UK and beyond to appreciate for years to come.”




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