New Brighton Street Art, 25th September 2022

1930s Art Deco building on Marine Point, trying to look like Miami Beach.

New Brighton, once a popular seaside resort, became run-down in the 1960s and 1970s. As part of regeneration work it has become the venue for open-air street art, centring on Victoria Street near the station. We spent the morning touring the residential streets, looking at the marvellous murals.

“I [heart] NB”, (I love New Brighton) by Fanakapan.
This is flat paint on a flat wall, but the 3D effect is startling.
Mike Jones of the RNLI by SMUG
“Torn but not Broken” by Mr Penfold
“Pride” (Martin Luther King) by Art by Alexander
“The Wallasey 79” by Art by Alexander. A representation of an old Wallasey tram.
Sitting in the window are local war hero Ian Fraser and the WWI poet Wilfred Owen.
“New Brighton Beatles and the Tower” by Art by Alexander. It shows old posters from the Tower Ballroom of the Sixties groups who played there, including the Beatles, who played 27 times.
That’s meant to be them, running across the bottom.
“The Black Pearl” by Art by Alexander. The words say “Go and retrieve that horizon”

They love the children’s driftwood pirate ship, the Black Pearl here, and someone has crocheted a Post Box topper of it. Notice the shark fin!

We didn’t look at much wildlife today. On the front, a group of Starlings were closely attending some Pigeons, which were trying to break into plastic rubbish bags.

Since they built the Wild Shore waterpark on the Marine Lake there have been far fewer waders sheltering on the pontoons, and today there were just five Redshanks and three Turnstones amongst the Black-headed Gulls.

On the seafront there was a cold north wind and the threat of rain so we headed home.  

Public transport details: Train from Central at 10.20, arriving New Brighton 10.42. Returned on bus 433 from King’s Parade / Morrisons at 2.10, arriving Liverpool 2.45,

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