Date Posted: 25th July 2019

photograph by Julie Moir

I wrote a newsletter a year ago about the mural that Ewanrigg School in Maryport had made on their playground wall from plastic waste. They based it on one of Percy Kelly’s paintings of a trawler in Maryport harbour.  I was so pleased when I got an invitation last week to the unveiling of its sequel which is based on Percy’s painting of the red church in Maryport. This has been a wonderful project in so many ways and it was lovely to see the enthusiasm of the children. We had tea and cake afterwards in one of the classrooms around a table strewn with Kelly books and catalogues with the children looking through the images and explaining their choice and how they had achieved their goal.

There isn’t another school playground anywhere like this one.  Wonder what Percy would say.