Alice tribute unveiled

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Ripon restaurant Lockwoods recently unveiled a huge mural designed by 12 of North Yorkshire’s schools.

The six metre artwork marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland, and is a community art project for the city.

Lockwood’s restaurant owner, Matthew Lockwood and The Right Hon Lord Mayor of Ripon, Coun Pauline McHardy, undertook the grand unveiling.

In attendance were the 100 school children and their teachers, who, over the last three months have carefully designed and painted the murals depicting eat and drink scenes from Alice in Wonderland.

Matthew 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 and 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.”

Coun McHardy added: “This looks like it has been a labour of love for the local schools, and for Matthew and Amy, who have brought all the paintings together, protected them from our cold and wet weather and framed them all. The final mural looks amazing and suitably celebrates the 150th anniversary. Well done to everyone who has made this part of out local community.