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Sprucing up the Matlock Mural for Civic Day

Matlock Civic Association’s volunteer mural cleaning team. Left to right - Ian Grant, Dave Puxley, Helen Crane, Brian Wood (organiser), Brian Ford, Ken Parker, Chris Wragg, Pat Morley, Marin Burfoot, Tracey Grant

A group of ten volunteers from Matlock Civic Association spent 3 hours cleaning the 250 metre-long Matlock Mural on Saturday morning (17th June). It was the Association’s contribution to Civic Day organised by the national Civic Voice charity to celebrate the special qualities of our local places.

In 2015 the Association organised the original painting of the mural on the concrete wall alongside Derwent Way (the A6). This transformed a stained and ugly structure into a national Award-winning artwork based on key features of our Town. The Association had cleaned the mural in 2019 and 2021 and after two years it was becoming stained and dirty again. It is now back to being a sparkling addition to the street scene.

The cleaning was organised by Civic Association member Brian Wood and was carried out on behalf of Matlock Town Council. Derbyshire County Council licensed the work as it was in the public Highway. Derbyshire Dales District Council swept the pavement before the wash-down and Derwent Treescapes provided the water bowser and high-vis vests.

Attached are photographs of the work in progress and a reminder of the distinctive artwork on the main road into town. The Civic Association is currently developing other exciting projects which will also rely on partnership with the local Councils.


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