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.
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.