Pupils spruce up Belper rail station

Children from Herbett Strut School, Leaps and Bounds Nursery (formerly Mulberry Bush Nursery) and Turnditch School celebrate the new station mosaic and paintings with volunteers from Transition Belper along with rail industry and local authority representatives.
Children from Herbett Strut School, Leaps and Bounds Nursery (formerly Mulberry Bush Nursery) and Turnditch School celebrate the new station mosaic and paintings with volunteers from Transition Belper along with rail industry and local authority representatives.

Schoolchildren have unveiled a large mosaic and a gallery of over 25 paintings at Belper rail station.

The colourful and vibrant scenes, produced by local schoolchildren, depict local places of interest including Strutt’s North Mill, Belper River Gardens, Belper town centre and local parks and play areas.

A selection of the paintings were used to inspire the design for the impressive mosaic located on platform one at Belper station.

Christine Gray, a local artist and member of Transition Belper, worked with children from Herbert Strutt Primary School, Leaps and Bounds Nursery, St. Johns C of E Primary School and Turnditch C of E Primary School to produce the paintings. The children’s paintings were scanned before being printed on to large panels which now adorn the railings at Belper Railway Station.

The mosaic, which comprises of thousands of small ceramic tiles, was produced at the Belper Goes Green ECO Festival by hundreds of festival attendees, cutting ceramic tiles and using adhesive to build the mosaic.

David George, Chair of Transition Belper, says the finished article is a great example of the local community working together.

He said: “This is true community art crafted by the children and people of Belper to welcome rail travellers to our town and tell visitors how proud we are to live in such a wonderful place.

“I’d like to congratulate and say thanks to everyone involved.”