Youngsters create mural under graffiti-ridden bridge - and now they’re on a mission to brighten up other eyesores

A group of young people are on a mission to clean up Aylesbury – and have started with the High Street canal bridge.

The team from Aylesbury Youth Action spent six days painting a mural under the bridge showing Aylesbury through the ages.

A mural painted under the High Street canal bridge in Aylesbury by Aylesbury Youth Action and local residents is unveiled - Mayor Allison Harrison and BCC Chairman Bill Chapple cut the ribbon

A mural painted under the High Street canal bridge in Aylesbury by Aylesbury Youth Action and local residents is unveiled - Mayor Allison Harrison and BCC Chairman Bill Chapple cut the ribbon

Project leader Salma Khan said: “It has been really fun for all of us and we have seen the joy it has brought to the community.

“We had a lot of help with this from passers-by and it has been great seeing everyone getting involved and having pride in their work.

“We are really pleased with how it has turned out.

“People have said they feel safer walking under the bridge and have enjoyed looking at the bright colours and the designs.

A mural painted under the High Street canal bridge in Aylesbury by Aylesbury Youth Action and local residents is unveiled

A mural painted under the High Street canal bridge in Aylesbury by Aylesbury Youth Action and local residents is unveiled

“We would be more than happy to paint murals on other bridges across the town.”

The mural contains reminders of the historic Friars Club, St Mary’s Church and the Hazell, Watson and Viney print works.

It also shows Aylesbury through the ages including the Paralympics, the new university campus and the recently built wind turbine, the tallest in Britain.

Aylesbury mayor Allison Harrison and county council chairman Bill Chapple OBE were among those present at the mural’s unveiling.

A mural painted under the High Street canal bridge in Aylesbury by Aylesbury Youth Action and local residents is unveiled

A mural painted under the High Street canal bridge in Aylesbury by Aylesbury Youth Action and local residents is unveiled

Mr Chapple said: “It would be nice if all the bridges in Aylesbury could have murals like this.”

The Aylesbury Society asked Aylesbury Youth Action to paint the mural on the bridge after being impressed by their efforts on the wall under the Oakfield Road bridge.

Ken Evans from the Aylesbury Society said: “It has been a tremendous team effort which has involved a large number of young people in an interesting and worthwhile project.

“With care and regular maintenance the mural should have a long life span, and will provide a colourful backdrop for canal users and walkers along this stretch of the canal.

A mural painted under the High Street canal bridge in Aylesbury by Aylesbury Youth Action and local residents is unveiled

A mural painted under the High Street canal bridge in Aylesbury by Aylesbury Youth Action and local residents is unveiled

The mural entitled ‘Aylesbury Past and Present’ was designed by artist Suz Hemming and the project cost £4,200, with donations from organisations including the Aylesbury Vale Community Chest, the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation and Transport for Bucks.

Firms who sponsored the mural were Motts Travel, Dayla Ltd and Michael Anthony Estate Agents, plus a private donor.