Mum of tragic TV star Caroline Flack delighted by Wigan mural
Chris Flack has praised the image of her daughter and said she cannot wait to visit to see it.
Wigan artist Scott Wilcock was stunned to receive a phone call from Chris praising him for the mural, which he painted on a wall in the middle of Ashton.
The huge artwork, which was created with an airbrush technique, combined a picture of the presenter of shows like Love Island and The X Factor with one of her final social media messages encouraging people to be kind.
Scott put the image on the side of a building on Bolton Road to coincide with the first anniversary of the star’s death aged just 40.
Chris told him she and Caroline’s relatives were touched by his tribute to her, which she described as a “beautiful mural”, and said she is looking forward to coming to the borough to see it when the current Covid-19 travel restrictions are eased.
She said: “I wanted to tell Scott how much my family love and appreciate the sentiment behind the mural. It is a wonderful tribute to Caroline and a positive message in these trying times. She would have loved it.
"It means so much that people remember her in such a lovely way.
“As soon as the Covid restrictions are lifted I will be coming to Wigan to see the mural in person.”
Scott said he was delighted by the seal of approval from Caroline’s closest relatives and revealed that the mural has had a far bigger impact than he had initially thought it would.
He and his wife Melissa came up with the idea of remembering Caroline one year after she took her own life due to the importance of messages around mental health and wellbeing while people are facing difficult times because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Scott, who creates a range of murals and artworks through his business Snow Graffiti, said: “I was shocked to receive the call, I didn’t expect anything like that.
“It’s amazing because I didn’t think it would go out that far. I just created it for the people of Ashton and to put a positive message across.
“My phone has been going non-stop. People have been passing by the mural, taking pictures, tagging me in them and saying it’s lovely. The messages I’ve posted on social media have gone viral.
“I’m flattered and overwhelmed by it. Her mum thanking me is one of the best things that has ever happened through my art.
“It was for the community, and I couldn’t think of a better or stronger message than the one sent out by putting her words up there and rekindling the memories of her.”
The quote from the star’s social media on the mural reads: “In a world where you could be anything, be kind”.
If you value what we do and are able to support us, a digital subscription is just £1 for your first month. Try us today by clicking here and viewing our offers.