Blue Leanie and bottle of beer? Canalside mural to feature town’s most iconic images

Aylesbury Society's Roger King and Ken Evans at the High Street canal bridge where the mural will be painted
Aylesbury Society's Roger King and Ken Evans at the High Street canal bridge where the mural will be painted

A vibrant 50 foot mural featuring images such as John Hampden, a Dayla bottle of beer and a Motts bus will soon be seen by canalside strollers.

The £6,000 painting will be found under the High Street canal which is currently adorned with graffiti.

It will include some of Aylesbury’s most iconic images from past and present.

But residents will be given the chance to suggest scenes for the mural, which celebrates The Aylesbury Society’s 40th birthday.

Honorary secretary of the society, Roger King, said: “I’m quite excited about it.

“The mural will be a very attractive and worthwhile project. It would also brighten up a grot spot along the canal which is blighted by graffiti.

Roger King (right) and Ken Evans

Roger King (right) and Ken Evans

“It’ll have some images of the past and some of the present so you’ll have John Hampden but then the Blue Leanie, the Waterside, a Motts bus and a Dayla beer.”

The mural will be painted by youth volunteers and will be designed at the Queens Park Centre workshop, supervised by a professional artist.

It is due to be completed by the autumn. Society member Ken Evans came up with the idea and Mr King said he needed to win the committee over but the money has now been secured and plans have been approved by Bucks County Council.

It is being funded by firms such as Motts and Dayla but also by the county council and the Aylesbury Vale community chest. It is being overseen by Aylesbury Youth Action’s Sara Butler who said a consultation period in June will allow people to suggest ideas.

The mural will be a very attractive and worthwhile project”

Roger King