Beautiful mural replaces graffiti in Tavistock Meadows underpass

By Lindsay Turpin in Community News

A SUBWAY project was completed last week by volunteers and Year 5 pupils from Tavistock Primary School.

‘Vile’ graffiti coated one side of the underpass in Tavistock Meadows and caused anger with local parents who use the walkway to take their children to and from school each day.

Local mums Lisa Piper and Terri Thompson banded together, along with other volunteers and Devon County Council to get rid of the graffiti and replace it with a mural.

Council workers prepared and whitewashed the wall and then a mural was designed, thanks to the creativity of pupils and Mrs Holden, teacher from Tavistock Primary School.

Thanks were expressed to the Original Pasty House, Shields DIY, the Round Table, Darren Hicks and all other contributors.

Lisa said: ‘Without the financial support and the help of Darren and Neal Taynton-Young of the Round Table with the painting we wouldn’t have been able to do it.

‘The children have really got into it and designed their area fields.

‘The inspirational Mrs Holden, teacher at Tavistock Primary School, came up with the overall design with students. We hope you enjoy it.’

Thanks were also expressed to Meadowlands for supplying all the refreshments.

Devon County Council’s local member for Tavistock Cllr Debo Sellis, said: ‘Its transformed the subway to something that’s now a pleasure to walk through.

‘My thanks to the school and especially to the incredible children that helped design and create this amazing piece of art, to the local community support, and to officers at Devon County Council for preparing the surfaces and sealing it to keep it clean and fresh.’

However Cllr Sellis warned that such offensive graffiti, as had been daubed on the walls, was not acceptable and said that the local community will not sit by and let it happen again.

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