Everyone welcome at community paint day


All are invited to paint a flower on the Canterbury East railway station car park wall on bank holiday Monday (28 May) as part of a community ‘love to paint’ day.

The painting session runs between 10am and 1.30pm. Children are welcome with a responsible adult and paints and protective clothing is provided. Older children and adults can also have a try at using spray paints under supervision.

Prizes for the best flowers will be up for grabs, including a month’s leisure centre membership, Marlowe tickets, a cream tea for two at the Beaney and train tickets. These will be awarded at the Dane John bandstand at 2.30pm.

The day also features the unveiling of ‘Traveller’s Joy’, a mural on the Canterbury East footbridge. The design is by Gloria Treseder, who won an open competition hosted at the University for the Creative Arts in December last year.

The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Cllr Colin Spooner, will reveal the finished mural at around 3.30pm. Viewing in person will be limited due to the restricted space on the footbridge, but a screen will be up in the Dane John where people can watch from. Cllr Spooner will then cross over to the Dane John to present prizes and thank all those involved.

Chairman of the city council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “This has been a great community-led project and we have been very pleased to support it through our Love Where We Live campaign. It all culminates in this very special day of events and I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in making it happen.

“We hope lots of people will come down to Canterbury East and get involved in creating a piece of art that will transform this area of the city.”

The projects have been supported by many local businesses and organisations, who have either provided funding or donated prizes, products or their time free of charge.

These are Jenner Construction, Purple Rhino, Sainsbury’s Kingsmead, Club Chemistry Charitable Fund, Cowling and Wilcox, Canterbury BID, Southeastern, Network Rail, the University for the Creative Arts and Canterbury City Council.