New group painting town red…and blue…and…

l Seven-year-old Petra Manhood has been helping with the banner painting, two of which are pictured being held by her father Gordon Connell alongside fellow volunteers Cllr Angie Deacon, Tery Cullum, Marie Hully and Anne Taylor. Photo: Mark Williamson. (B22/5/18/9317)

A NEW community group in Bidford-on-Avon is adding a splash of colour to the streets of the village with a series of banners which epitomise everything that’s good about the place.

The Bidford-on-Avon Banner Group was formed with the help of local artist Kate Wiltshire and several enthusiastic residents, families and children who have painted scenes and cameos of Bidford-on-Avon which are large and colourful.

The Bidford-on-Avon Duck Race is included, as is a drunken Bidford-on-Avon ghost of William Shakespeare sat under an apple tree.

The inspiration came from the Tewkesbury Battlefield Society who recently visited the Bidford-on-Avon group to share ideas and advice, as they had painted a selection of banners about the famous battle that took place in that historic town.

The banners are painted on cotton duck fabric using acrylic stage paints and it’s hoped that 20 will be installed in total.