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Sea Scouts spread some Christmas cheer to town during lockdown

News ArticleSea Scouts spread some Christmas cheer to town during lockdown

A group of sea scouts have teamed up with a local artist to create a giant Christmas mural in the town of Woodbridge.

Members of the 5th Woodbridge Sea Scouts are all contributing artwork which will sit alongside the work of local artist Claudia Myatt and cover the full side of the scout hut on Tide Mill Way.

The exhibit was the idea of Group Scout leader Barrie Hayter who wanted to get the scouts working collaboratively despite being impacted by lockdown restrictions.

He said: “This last year has been challenging for so many and Christmas is usually a time when people come together and celebrate.

“Normally in November we would be gearing up for the Woodbridge Christmas street fair but due to COVID it has been cancelled this year along with lots of other events which would normally mark the festive season.

“This display is allowing the young people to work together to create something beautiful that will spread cheer to anyone taking a stroll down to the Deben.”

Sea Scouts (L to R) Jake and Nina Shelley and Oscar and Tabitha Hayter. Copyright Barrie Hayter.

The mural will be made of two parts with a colourful art display alongside a Christmas scene made by members of the group.

Woodbridge Town Council has funded the print costs to blow up images of Ms Myatt’s Christmas artwork.

She said: “It is great that local groups want to spread some Christmas cheer during these unprecedented times.  When the group contacted me to see if I could supply some artwork for the event I jumped at the chance to support them.”

Other artwork being contributed by scouts include pictures of stars, snowflakes, presents,  tree decorations, Christmas stockings, gingerbread house, elves, wreaths and snowmen.  Last year the group made pallet Christmas trees which will also be incorporated on the new display.

With major upgrade works being carried out at the level crossing next to the scout hut the group has built strong relationships with the contractor Amey who have offered to supply the security fencing used to create the background of the display.

Sue Bale, Woodbridge Town Mayor said “”This is a wonderful example of creative collaboration between a group of Sea Scouts and a local artist.  It will bring real cheer to anyone walking down by the river over the Christmas period and is doubly welcome after the dreadful year we’ve had.  And how appropriate that it’s the wonderful marine themes of Claudia Myatt’s artwork that is part of the display.  Well done Barrie for coming up with the idea and thanks to all involved for brightening up our town.”

The art display will be in place before the end of November with the display by the scouts being built up over a few weeks.  Both will be available for all to see until after Christmas.

(L to R) Barrie Hayter 5WSS, Claudia Myatt (artist), Sue Bale Woodbridge Mayor.