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Family returns to help Webster’s art project
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
AXMINSTER Arts has received a helping hand from the family of former garage owner Jack Webster.
The project to spruce up the frontage of the dilapidated former garage in Axminster town centre has also been given a new timetable.
The initial aim of having at least part of the mural for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee didn’t succeed, but a revised and more realistic timetable has been announced.
Project co-ordinator Tim Leat said the aim is to have the middle gate section complete by the end of June, and the whole mural done by the end of August.
Artist Steve Fisher has now reached the stage where he welcomes help from members of the public to paint pieces of the mural in the studio opposite the site.
Messrs Leat and Fisher had a surprise visit on Thursday, June 7th when the daughter of the man who once owned the garage, Jack Webster, brought an entourage to the studio. Jenny Cardy (nee Webster) left Axminster decades ago and now lives in Derbyshire. But she was visiting the area last week and brought her daughter (Lucy Cockbain) and grandchildren (Elena and Jack Cockbain) to the studio.
Jenny said: “It is nice to see it being done. I don’t come very often but I always have a look.
“I used to hang around in the garage, so remember it well.”
Anyone interested in helping to paint a part of the mural or just check on progress can pop into the studio any day but Thursday from 11am-3pm.
Axminster Arts is working on the project in partnership with Axminster Community Enterprise.
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