Amble as scene from the bus
Waiting for a bus on Church Street is more interesting these days, since local artist Sarah Holt has painted a colourful mural on the back wall of the shelter, which includes many local scenes and features.
Sarah commented:”‘Painting the Amble mural is something I have enjoyed doing. It was a privilege to be able to do something for my home town.
“The mural is dedicated to my grandmother, Betty Kirby, who loved Amble and was actively involved in the community for nearly twenty years. She would have loved to see the way Amble has grown and thrived and so this mural is a fitting tribute to both her and the town”.
The town council and Sarah have received positive responses to the painting.
A spokesperson for Amble Town Council said, “Last year a suggestion of a mural was made and that it would be an artistic interpretation of scenes and places, including the name, ranging from the historic to the modern day. The offer from a renowned local artist to work on this project in memory of her grandmother was accepted.”
Changes were made on the spot to represent the public’s comments as Sarah worked.
Amble Town Council now has responsibility for bus shelters and a programme of repair and renewal is being carried out.
Thanks to County Councillors Robert Arckless and Jeff Watson, contributing from their Members Small Grants Scheme, a new shelter has been placed on Acklington Road.
The Town Council will soon be replacing the shelter in High Street and work will also be carried out on the shelter outside JCSC.
The spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience to the travelling public while this work is in progress.
“We urge the community to keep this focal area for our town clear of graffiti or litter. Report problems to 101 ext. 69191 and you can be anonymous to the Police or Amble Town Council.”