A flash of mermaid tail
offers a tantalising glimpse of Wirral's new sculpture trail
THIS is the most we can show of New
Brighton's latest and most glamorous resident.
A tantalising glimpse of mermaid tail offers a sneak preview of the fibreglass
statues that will form part of New Brighton Mermaid Trail.
New Brighton Coastal Community Team formally signed off the mermaid sculpture
this week for casting. The statues will be delivered to the schools and groups
who will be decorating them in March 2017, ready for the official unveiling in May
The mermaids will be placed around New Brighton, inspired by and celebrating the
resort's history, heritage, and its links with the mythical 'Black Rock
Mermaid', who was said to have appeared to a local sailor in New Brighton in
the 18th Century.
Schools and arts based groups from across Wirral (below) will be decorating the
6 identical sculptures, the work of Wallasey artist Barry Canning Eaton, who
will also decorate one of the statues:-
► The Mosslands School, Wallasey.
► Wirral Hospitals' School, Claughton.
► St George's Primary School, Wallasey.
► St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey.
► Ebb and 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:-
"It will be difficult keeping these fantastic designs a secret and we're all
looking forward to seeing the final designs in May."
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.