Mermaid Trail designers
announced, but winning designs remain under wraps until statues are revealed
THE results are in; we have the
winning designs for Wirral's new Mermaid Trail!
The Trail will be placed at strategic locations in New Brighton, inspired by and
celebrating the resort's history, heritage, and its links with the mythical:-
Rock Mermaid,' who was said to have appeared to a local sailor in New
Brighton in the 18th Century.
In an open competition, schools and arts based groups from across Wirral were
invited to submit their ideas for decorating the 6 identical new Mermaid
sculptures, which will be installed this May in New Brighton as part of a
colourful new tourist trail.
The design for the sculpture is the work of Wallasey artist Barry Canning Eaton,
who will also decorate one of the statues.
The others will be
► The Mosslands School, Wallasey.
► Wirral Hospitals' School, Claughton.
► St George's Primary School, Wallasey.
► St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey.
► Ebb & Flow, a community interest company which works with communities,
including New Brighton.
Cllr Tony Jones, Wirral Council's Pledge
Champion for building a vibrant tourism economy and Chair of New Brighton
Coastal Community Team (NBCCT), said:- "Given the amount of interest, it
will be difficult keeping these fantastic designs a secret before the grand
unveiling in May, but we want to launch the Mermaid Trail with a splash - excuse
The winning designs are distinctive and stunning, and people will love to see
them as they walk around the town. Everyone will have their favourite. I would
like to thank everyone who took part, not just the winners, but those who
submitted their designs. A lot of thought and imagination has gone in, and we
appreciate everyone's efforts."
The 5 successful designs will each be credited
with a plaque on their statue and the designers and sculptor will be guests of
honour when the trail is officially launched.
The Mermaid Trail project is the result of a successful bid for funding by New
Brighton Coastal Community Team to the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund, a
grant scheme set up by DONG Energy to benefit voluntary groups and organisations
located near to the coastline where it is carrying out the extension to the
offshore wind farm.