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Whaley Bridge information point becomes work of art

The information box in Whaley Bridge, on the corner of Reservoir Road and Market Street. Photo by Chris Tetley.

The information box in Whaley Bridge, on the corner of Reservoir Road and Market Street. Photo by Chris Tetley.

A community group were so taken with an artist’s impression of Whaley Bridge, that they gave it pride of place in the town centre.

Andrea Joseph’s map was chosen by Whaley4Wards to adorn a new information point on the station approach, on the corner of Reservoir Road and Market Street.

The volunteers were keen to use the ballpoint pen sketch after a coach-load of Chinese students, visiting to explore the heritage of the Whaley Bridge basin, complained about the lack of tourist information in the town last year.

Whaley4Wards, approached Andrea about her innovative design and have used it to decorate a restored Gilbert Scott telephone box from nearby Bings Road, which was recycled after it was decommissioned by BT.

Andrea, of Furness Vale, said: “I’ve taken part in the Derbyshire Open for the past two years and it just so happened that Whaley4Wards were looking for a map and saw my work a few weeks after.

“I was really excited to do the project. The red telephone box is such a design classic and the piece they chose is very typical of my style.

“I hoped my work would look great in the phone box because it’s got a perfect frame and would work well with a long map.”

Chris Tetley from Whaley4Wards, who aim to regenerate and improve facilities in the four wards of Whaley Bridge, said: “We hope that it will inspire others to join the burgeoning creative scene in town.”

Andrea, who also helped design the logo for New Mills Community Orchard, exhibits her artwork at the Pear Tree Cafe, on Canal Road, Whaley Bridge.

 

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