Chance to be immortalised


Penzance artist Tim Wright, who painted the mural on the wall at the entrance to Premier Inn by the train station. Photo Paul Williams

23rd June 2021

By Juliet Lunam

Penzance Civic Society is looking for volunteers to become immortalised in a public work of art.
John Moreland, a landscape architect and former town councillor and deputy mayor, is acting chairperson of the society and wants to relaunch it following the pandemic.

One of the projects he and fellow members are considering is repainting the mural on the wall at the entrance to the new Premier Inn, by the train station.

The original – an homage to the Pirates of Penzance was created by local artist Tim Wright in 1990.
But John said: “It’s in a somewhat sorry state now and I’ve spoken to the management at Premier Inn who seem keen to have it re-done.

“The mural originally featured the faces of locals who were happy to be part of it at the time and now we need new people.

“When I was a town councillor I commissioned Tim to do the ‘Charter Tea Room’ murals in Parade Street.
It’s a great way to brighten the town. “Penzance is known the world over for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and people love dressing up as pirates and celebrating through artwork.

“There are lots of blank walls in the town which could be brightened up by murals and they would go a long way to showcase the talent around here and bring the whole place alive.”

Tim, who repainted the Bramwell’s Mill sign on the main wall when the hotel opened, said: “The murals last a while but they do get weathered.

“It’s a fun way to see art and people love taking photos with murals and just generally looking at them.”
Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn, said it is a ‘lovely idea’ and teams would meet to discuss it.

In the meantime, the Penzance Voice and the Civic Society would like to hear your views on who would be the right three to five people to be featured in the mural.

Do you know a community hero whose likeness should be included in this artwork or an upstanding citizen who should be featured? Get in touch and let us know.