Heroes of Lydney

By Mark Elson in Local People

A DRAB entrance to Bathurst Park in Lydney has been transformed by a local artist and school students.

A brightly coloured mural, inspired by research by pupils at the Dean Academy and painted by Tom Cousins, took as its theme heroes of Lydney.

It was officially opened with a ‘race’ between students and one of the figures portrayed on the mural, Paralympics triathlon champion Andy Lewis.

Also featured is Beryl Kear who lives in the almhouses next to the entrance and who worked for 40 years at the Pine End Works in the town.

She was in charge of the doors section and is portrayed as ‘Queen of Panels’ – a name given to her in a poem by Gordon Blake of Lydney.

Mrs Kear said: “Tom and the children have done a wonderful job.

“We used to get a lot of graffiti and it looked drab.”

Chair of the Lydney War Memorial Almshouses Trust, Simon Moore, said they had been asked to smarten up the entrance by the Bathurst Park Trust.

He said: “It’s been a great community project with people asking Tom questions and sharing memories.”

•See this week’s Review for more photographs.

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