Kevin Ball unveils new mural created by Sunderland youngsters to celebrate Wearside's rich history

A Sunderland AFC legend has unveiled a new mural created by talented young artists to celebrate Wearside’s historical past.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 20th December 2019, 6:15 am
Former Sunderland footballer Kevin Ball unveiled the mural along with some of the pupils from Fulwell Junior School.

Fulwell Junior School pupils have spent months working on the spectacular mural alongside local artist David Wilkinson.

Located at The Blue Bell in Fulwell Road, the mural was unveiled by Sunderland AFC legend Kevin Ball on Wednesday, December 18.

It features scenes of Sunderland’s industrial past with references to ship building, mining and farming.

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The mural at The Blue Bell, in Fulwell Road, Sunderland, made by artist David Wilkinson and pupils from Fulwell Junior School.

A group of 15 youngsters, aged nine and 10, were chosen to create the mural which also features Sunderland landmarks.

Earlier this year the school honoured the milestone by stepping back into the past, dressing as historic figures and time periods.

Katrina Humphries, assistant head of Fulwell Junior School and head of art, was delighted the mural has been placed in the heart of the community.

Former Sunderland footballer Kevin Ball with some of the pupils from Fulwell Junior School unveiling the mural that is now displayed on the Blue Bell, in Fulwell Road, Sundeland.

She said: “The theme of the artist was to pay homage to the working history of the community of Fulwell.

“As well as looking back at the hard work and endeavour of the people in the community, the children also look forward to their own aspirations and career dreams, such as becoming dancers and doctors.

“That is a big park of Fulwell Junior School’s ethos on aspirations and careers, as we work to give the children’s work a real life context.”

Work on the mural – has been funded by the Community Chest Fund – began in February and finished the summer.

Katrina continued: “We are really proud to be a part of the Fulwell community and work to embed a similar sense of prise for the children as they grow up.

“Kevin Ball was absolutely thrilled to be able to come and unveil the mural.

“He really loves the local community and projects like this so he jumped at the chance to unveil it.

“The children were also absolutely thrilled he could come and do the unveiling.”