Mural is at the art of the town

Cancer survivor Donna Hannah at her Beauty and the Beach fund-raiser in the Stella Maris Club at Walbany, Washington
Cancer survivor Donna Hannah at her Beauty and the Beach fund-raiser in the Stella Maris Club at Walbany, Washington
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A TEAM have left a mark on their town after they were recruited to give part of it a new look.

About a dozen 12 to 15-year-olds who take part in youth sessions in Eden Hill, Peterlee, helped put together three sections of a mural which has been installed outside its police station.

The dene, East Durham College and Victor Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion have been included in the work, which aims to project a positive image of the area.

It was unveiled by the children, who worked alongside police community support officers and staff from Groundwork North East, last night.

PCSO David Edson, who worked alongside his colleague Charlotte Naisby on the scheme, said: “It’s taken about a year to put together.”

He added: “The children very much enjoyed working with us and having ownership over it, and the other side of it is they have seen us in a different light.”

The idea has also been credited with helping to break down barriers between police and young people in the town.

The project was backed by Dulux, which donated materials, and £2,000 from county councillors.

The design and painting sessions saw professional artist John Craggs pool ideas and help the children, and officers set out their images in workshops held at Seaton Holme in Easington Village during their weekends.