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Cromer sea-life mural completed

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Cromer sea-life mural completed

A large sea-life mural surrounding the new Cromer West Prom play area has been finished.

The 26m-long mural has been painted on the walls around the recently opened shipwreck play area. It depicts underwater flora and fauna local to North Norfolk’s coast, including seals, fish and seaweed.

The new mural is part of North Norfolk District Council’s £1m Cromer West Prom investment that includes the recently opened ‘futureproofed’ catering kiosk, toilets and showers, as well as the play area, that can all be craned to higher ground in the event of a storm surge.

In addition, new benches and picnic seating have been installed on roof-top platforms by the play equipment and Melbourne slope, offering far-reaching views.

Cllr Maggie Prior Cabinet Member for Leisure said: “We have had a tremendously positive response from the community regarding the play area and this mural only adds to the excitement of the space. To be climbing on a shipwreck, and be surrounded by images of sea creatures and plants just increases the fun and we hope it inspires imaginations. The new facilities and refurbishment of West Prom are a superb addition to Cromer and are part of a programme of investments in Cromer to enhance jobs and boost the tourism economy. We hope they will all be enjoyed and valued by residents and visitors to Cromer’s wonderful Blue Flag beach.”

The underwater theme was chosen by North Norfolk District Council to also complement planned educational elements to the West Prom that will aim to tell people about the underwater fauna and flora, the Marine Conservation Zone around the chalk reef and the life cycle of the crab.

NNDC worked with Norfolk artist Mark Harper to create the mural. Mark is an experienced mural and theatre set artist. He said: “I enjoyed the challenge of this large mural and the fun I could have with the feel of it enclosing the shipwreck. I think it really works and I hope people walking along the Prom or climbing on the shipwreck enjoy it.”

The mural and new facilities are part of a £1million investment by North Norfolk District Council into Cromer’s West Promenade to increase the attraction of the whole of Cromer Promenade. 

Last year improvements were made to the zigzag path, including refurbishments of the viewing turrets and the installation of solar lighting, opening up this end of the Prom to visitors parking at the Runton Road car park. Improvements costing £110,000 were also made to the Art Deco block, and viewing turrets.

As part of this further phase of investment, the white steps have been refurbished and new promenade lighting will also be installed later this year.

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Last modified on Thursday, 06 July 2017 07:51

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