Artist Paul Curtis starts work on a new mural of North Birkenhead legend

Renowned Liverpool artist Paul Curtis has begun work on a new mural of North Birkenhead music legend, Charlie Landsborough.

Landsborough topped a vote by residents who were asked to choose a local hero that they wanted to see immortalised on the side of North Birkenhead Train Station.

The leading country and folk musician received 46% of the vote from local residents, and beat the likes of Dixie Dean and the town’s first female mayor, Lady Mary Ann Mercer.

Landsborough grew up in North Birkenhead and taught at local primary school, Portland Road.

The competition, which was launched by Cradle to Career – a long-term initiative that aims to transform the lives of children and young people in North Birkenhead, is a celebration of the passion, talent, resilience and creativity that has come out of the North End.

Cradle to Career’s primary goal is to improve the quality of life for all, creating new opportunities for local children and young people, while also improving communication between the community and the organisations that assist them.

Best known for his awe-inspiring Liverpool Wings mural in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, Paul Curtis started work on the Birkenhead mural this week. It will measure 2.5m tall and 5m wide, and will aim to capture the heart and charm that Charlie Landsborough puts into his music.

Cradle to Career are asking everyone who lives or has a connection to both the North End of Birkenhead and Charlie to visit the mural before May 19th and share pictures, memories and stories in social media and using the hashtag #NorthEndHeroes.

Artist Paul Curtis, said: “Charlie makes a great subject for a portrait, he has a look of his own which will make for a more interesting piece to work on from an artist’s perspective. I hope this mural is a success and Charlie likes the finished product, but more importantly, I hope the community likes the artwork.

“With a portrait mural, it is more a question of selecting the appropriate photograph that is suitable for the wall space. Then it’s all down to me to do justice to the portrait.

“Hopefully I can capture some of the heart and charm that Charlie puts into his songs.”

Cradle to Career is supported by Wirral Council and by almost £3m in charitable donations from both the Steve Morgan Foundation and SHINE Trust. Managed by Right to Succeed, Cradle to Career operates from the St. James Centre and aims to significantly improve literacy standards among children in Birkenhead and provide families easy access to the support they need.

The completion of the mural will be celebrated on Thursday 19th May in a special ceremony held at the St James Centre, Laird Street.

 

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