Lilford Park toilet campaign gets an arty boost

Leigh Journal: Members of the Friends group with graffiti artist Gecko Members of the Friends group with graffiti artist Gecko

FLOWER power is being used by a campaign to reinstate the toilets at Lilford Park.

Friends of Lilford Park unveiled coloured panels at the disused toilet block on Saturday.

The artwork, designed by graffiti artist Gecko, represents flora and fauna that can be found in and around the park.

The group will also be displaying the panels at Spinning Gate on Saturday and throughout the holiday period with the aim of acquiring more signatures for its toilet restoration petition.

Chairman David Sykes said: “We decided to adopt the flower power approach and cover our objective with colour.

“Using ideas originally developed by Bedford College art students, Gecko has incorporated these into his own distinctive style. We intend to fix these on the outside of the building to improve its appearance and make this ugly monolith more in keeping with the park scenery.

“These artworks are aimed at raising awareness of the need to restore the toilets in the park for everyone’s benefit.”

The group has also been awarded the status of a community interest company by Companies House, allowing it to apply for industry grants.

Before the artwork can be permanently fixed to the toilets, it needs to be weather-proofed at a cost of around £500.

David said: “Our funds are limited and this would make a big hole in our budget. We hope that by increasing the profile of our campaign in this way we will encourage businesses to assist us.”

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