Pupils add ideas to mural project
SCHOOLCHILDREN have been learning about famous Penzance people as part of plans to create a new mural in the town.
Pupils from St Mary's Church of England School learnt about the town's well- known sons and daughters during a visit from deputy mayor David Nebesnuick.
The youngsters are learning about their local history to contribute ideas for the mural, which was devised by local councillor and landscape architect John Moreland.
"He noticed an empty space on Parade Street on the side of the Co-op," said Hilary Tyreman, St Mary's head teacher.
"He thought that the Penzance mural could appear to be a café window, with customers inside from both past and present-day Penzance."
During his visit, Mr Nebesnuick spoke about Thomas Holloway, founder of Royal Holloway College, Admiral Sir Edward Pellew, who fought in the Napoleonic Wars, Lemon Hart, producer of the famous rum, and scientist and inventor Sir Humphry Davy, as well as actress Thandie Newton.
"The children asked lots of questions. One pupil wondered if animals could be in the mural, another suggested there should be a pasty and one boy suggested St Mary's School badge should appear too," said Mrs Tyreman.
"The aim of the project is to teach children about their local area and give them a sense of pride while brightening up a dull wall and adding a new point of interest."
Ideas for the mural are now being collated and talks are under way about obtaining funding for the project.