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Publication date:- 2017-05-26

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Local artist has tourist trail all mapped out

A local illustrator has expressed her pride at being invited to help promote New Brighton's newest tourist attraction.

Anita Cunningham of Fat Cat Illustration has worked in collaboration with New Brighton Coastal Community Team (NBCCT) to design the official map for the resort's new Mermaid Trail, which is set to be launched in June 2017. Anita said:- "I am Wallasey born and bred so I've seen New Brighton go from a virtual ghost town to its present day revival. It's great to see it so busy all the time. There is a good sense of community spirit here and I feel proud to be part of this."

The Mermaid Trail will see a set of 6 identical Mermaid statues installed in key locations across New Brighton.

They have each been individually decorated, 5 of them by local schools and a community group, and 1 by the local artist who designed and sculptured the statues, Barry Canning Eaton.

The Trail Map will form the centre piece of a guide leaflet, promoting the Mermaid Trail, which is being produced by the Floral Pavilion.

Anita was commissioned due to her work on other similar map projects and illustrations of local landmarks that caught the eye of the NBCCT.

Anita added:- "I started drawing maps unintentionally really. I think the idea came to me after a seeing a map of New Brighton and I thought it was a bit boring. With just a vague plan in mind, I began to draw some local landmarks and it all seemed to fall into place from there. It turned out a lot better than I imagined it would. I've always loved to draw and have studied various art courses in Liverpool and at Wirral Met. It was only after graduating from the Fine Art degree that I realised Illustration was more my cup of tea!"

The map and guide will be available for ₤1 from local shops and businesses across New Brighton, including:- Championship Adventure Golf, Floral Pavilion, Fort Perch Rock, Caffe Cream, Vale House Cafe and Tearooms, Literally A Bookshop on Atherton Street opposite the train station. The Ship Hotel, Wirral Model Shop and Cabovino Wine Bar and Tapas in The Old Town on Victoria Road and Victoria Parade will also have the guide on sale. 

The Mermaid Trail has been funded thanks to a successful bid for a grant from the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund.

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