Video: Pupils celebrate anniversary with their Alice in Wonderland restaurant

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SINCE it was first published 150 years ago, it has become a literary favourite for generations of children.

And now an artwork dedicated to the landmark anniversary of author Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland, has been created by pupils from a dozen schools in North Yorkshire.

DAB HAND: Ruby Beadle, six, a pupil from Holy Trinity CE Infant School, putting the finishing touches to their picture. PIC: James Hardisty

DAB HAND: Ruby Beadle, six, a pupil from Holy Trinity CE Infant School, putting the finishing touches to their picture. PIC: James Hardisty

The mural spans nearly 20ft and is part of a community art project unveiled yesterday at Lockwood’s restaurant in Ripon. In attendance were 100 schoolchildren and their teachers who designed and painted the mural over three months.

They were joined by the Mayor of Ripon, Coun Pauline McHardy, who officially unveiled the artwork.

She said: “This looks like it has been a labour of love for the local schools. The final mural looks amazing and suitably celebrates the 150th anniversary.”

Restaurant owner Matthew Lockwood claimed the community artwork is a first for Ripon due to its size, and added: “It is a beautiful commemoration of our link to the world famous book.”

More than 100 local school children from the Ripon area helped to celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland.  PIC: James Hardisty

More than 100 local school children from the Ripon area helped to celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland. PIC: James Hardisty

The father of Lewis Carroll, whose real name was Charles Dodgson, was a canon at Ripon Cathedral during the author’s childhood. It is thought carvings of a griffin and rabbit in the cathedral helped inspire characters in the story of Alice in Wonderland, which was first published in 1865.