09 May A gift to Eston
The mural came about because of Philip Meadows bag piping for the Eston remembrance parade in 2019.
“The link with committee was made and when they expressed the wish for a memorial mural I volunteered.
I work as a professional artist and have lived in Eston all my life. To volunteer something for my town is a great pleasure.
The mural location was decided on. Permission from Michael Poole, estate agent was happily granted. Michael became a great supporter. I was given free rein in the design and decided something covering the general history of Eston with reference to the wars was required. The mural starts at the top with Eston nab, now owned by the people of Eston. On left an image of local men going over the top.
They signed on at the Ship Inn then trained at Marton Hall. The regiment went digging trenches often used names to aid orientation and we see Jubilee Road.
The mines when short of men used conscripts ( Bevan Boys) to continue working when miners had gone to the front.
We see the unvailing of the Cenotaph in 1921 watched by local community groups such as the WVS. We see a female shipyard worker. Many women were conscripted into the local industry to make up the male shortfall. She cuts a plate in the shadow of HMS Samphire a corvette built in1941 and sunk jn 1943 with loss of half her crew.
The mural has been well received and has created a great community focus. It was a great thing to be part of and a true community project in every sense.”
The collage gives some idea of what was involved and the scale of the project.
Report: John Rees
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