History lessons hit wall

Zoe Carroll, Taylor Dowling and Chloe Pearce

Zoe Carroll, Taylor Dowling and Chloe Pearce

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THREE gifted teenagers showed off their artistic abilities to create a prominent public mural immortalising their local area’s rich history.

The pupils, in Year 10 at Fred Longworth High School, put together the artwork, located in the car park of the Kings Court housing scheme in Tyldesley.

The mural combines designs by pupils Zoe Carroll, Chloe Pearce and Taylor Dowling, and focuses on Tyldesley’s industrial past, featuring cotton mills, foundries and mining scenes.

It is hoped the art will help people remember and find out more about the history of the area as much of the evidence of industry has now disappeared.

The mural was the brainchild of Kings Court estate representative Maureen Hickey, and was funded through the Better Neighbourhood Fund with support from Wigan and Leigh Housing and Stephen Hellier.

The mural is also part of the pupils’ GCSE art coursework.

Maureen said: “Originally we were going to choose one piece to be used for the mural but the standard of work was so high, it was impossible. We eventually selected three entries but we were all hugely impressed by the fantastic work the students created.

“We are very grateful to the school and Wigan and Leigh Housing for their support.

“The mural has transformed a very boring aspect into something quite incredible.”