AN EYE-CATCHING mosaic that has been years in the making has been officially unveiled thanks to the creative work of local school kids.

Teaming up with the 'For Tyldesley' community group, leaders at St George's Primary School organised a project that saw nine schools come together for a creative work of art.

The project, to create a lasting mural of their hometown, was finally completed last month as the colourful mosaic was unveiled along the Guided Busway in Tyldesley.

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Leigh Journal: Builders, architects and artists assisted the pupils to complete the muralBuilders, architects and artists assisted the pupils to complete the mural (Image: For Tyldesley)

For St George's headteacher, Mark Grogan, the idea has been kicking around for more than a decade after pupils at Parklee primary school created a mural in Atherton on the first day of his new role 17 years ago.

Seeing how much the kids enjoyed working together to create the mural, the idea stuck with Mark ever since. Once the 'For Tyldesley' community group contacted the school about a potential project, the now-headteacher knew exactly what to suggest.

With pupils from nine schools around Tyldesley and Atherton submitting designs of their community, the mosaic was completed with the help of a local artist, builder, and architect.

Presented as a colourful entrance into Tyldesley for bus commuters, there is currently a gap at the top of the mural to be updated with further designs such as the Manchester Bee symbol. There are also suggestions to create a notice board at the back of the mural.

Leigh Journal: The colourful mural with pupils, school leaders and partnersThe colourful mural with pupils, school leaders and partners (Image: For Tyldesley)

Mark said: "It's funny because the idea came into my head 17 years ago, so it has taken a long time for it to become a reality.

"We've had some really positive feedback from the mural and all of the children are very proud of their work.

"As a school, we want to put things in place to make the children proud of where they live and where they come from."