100 school children unveil their work at Ripon restaurant

Children joined city Mayor Pauline McHardy and restaurant owner Matthew Lockwood at the restaurant

Children joined city Mayor Pauline McHardy and restaurant owner Matthew Lockwood at the restaurant

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100 school children have joined a Ripon restaurant owner to unveil a huge mural celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland.

The children from 12 of North Yorkshire’s infant, junior and senior schools unveiled their work at Lockwood’s restaurant with owner, Matthew Lockwood on November 25.

The 6-metre artwork commemorates 150 years since Lewis Carroll wrote the famous children's book, Alice in Wonderland.

Mr Lockwood said: “This is a first for Ripon to have this large community artwork, and it is clear that all the children and teachers worked very hard to bring this to fruition, and I’d like to personally thank them for bringing this to life.

"As well as the 12 schools, I would also like to thank local artist Amy Carr, of One Girl & A Dog, who provided the inspiration for the large artwork, and Doug at Arnold Design in Masham, who designed and made the huge frame, and everyone who managed to get this artwork up on the wall!”

Also in attendance, Mayor of Ripon, Councillor Pauline McHardy, described the mural as a labour of love for the schools, who over the last three months have painted the murals depicting eat and drink scenes from Alice in Wonderland.

Coun McHardy said: “The final mural looks amazing and suitably celebrates the 150th anniversary. Well done to everyone who has made this part of out local community; for everyone to enjoy.”

Matthew Lockwood added: “It is great that so many schools and have taken part. The standard of the paintings is very high. It is a beautiful commemoration of our link to the world famous book.”