Mural to tell story of 1953 flooding

Joan Liddiard and Colin Letchford at the sea wall

Joan Liddiard and Colin Letchford at the sea wall

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A HUGE mural telling the story of the Canvey floods will be created, thanks to a £10,000 grant.

The 77-metre long picture will depict the 1953 flooding and how the disaster led to the building of the seawall.

The project will be led by the Friends of Concord Beach charity, in association with community website CanveyIsland.org ,which will be providing archive footage to use as a reference for the artwork.

Heritage Lottery Fund made the grant as part of a programme which aims to preserve and share aspects of the area.

It is thought work could start next month and will hopefully be finished by the summer.

Colin Letchford, chairman of the Friends of Concord Beach, said: “It’s great that we have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to get started. We love where we live and know there’s so much more to discover about our past. There is great archive material we want to share with visitors to the beach. We are all really excited about telling other people about our heritage.

“Wewant people to appreciate the value of the seawall and what is provides.”

The community group is now looking for artists – whether they are amateur or professional – who are interested in helping out with the project.

The group has helped transform Concord Beach into a family- friendly play area and installed a number of commemorative benches on the seafront.

Joan Liddiard, chairman of CanveyIsland.org, added: “This is great news for the community as a whole. The Friends of Concord Beach and the archive try to do asmuch as they can for the people of the island and this a good step forward.

“It is also educational as it instructs as well as preserves the history of the seawall.”

Anyone who is interested in helping with the project can email Colin

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5:47pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

In this time of austerity?
Doing something with the pavements would of been nice
In this time of austerity? Doing something with the pavements would of been nice Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -4

9:12pm Sat 26 Apr 14

maddriver says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
In this time of austerity?
Doing something with the pavements would of been nice
The pavements are the responsibility of local authorities and are paid for by local or general taxation. Grants from the Lottery Heritage fund are given for community projects such as this and not for local authority responsibilities.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: In this time of austerity? Doing something with the pavements would of been nice[/p][/quote]The pavements are the responsibility of local authorities and are paid for by local or general taxation. Grants from the Lottery Heritage fund are given for community projects such as this and not for local authority responsibilities. maddriver
  • Score: 7

10:22pm Sat 26 Apr 14

beaulocks says...

Living the La Vida Legra wrote:
In this time of austerity?
Doing something with the pavements would of been nice
In this time of austerity I can't believe another 10k is being spent on Canvey.

When will they learn, show em at the polls I say.
[quote][p][bold]Living the La Vida Legra[/bold] wrote: In this time of austerity? Doing something with the pavements would of been nice[/p][/quote]In this time of austerity I can't believe another 10k is being spent on Canvey. When will they learn, show em at the polls I say. beaulocks
  • Score: -6

11:18pm Sat 26 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

There are lots of talented students who probably would have jumped at the chance to show off their artwork on that wall for free ..
There are lots of talented students who probably would have jumped at the chance to show off their artwork on that wall for free .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 3

9:56am Sun 27 Apr 14

upset says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
There are lots of talented students who probably would have jumped at the chance to show off their artwork on that wall for free ..
The local talent as you put it will probably over write it with their usual graffiti, but I hope not, as much as I have disagreed with what goes on at Concord beach and for what business's benefit, this will be an improvement.
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: There are lots of talented students who probably would have jumped at the chance to show off their artwork on that wall for free ..[/p][/quote]The local talent as you put it will probably over write it with their usual graffiti, but I hope not, as much as I have disagreed with what goes on at Concord beach and for what business's benefit, this will be an improvement. upset
  • Score: 1

7:47pm Sun 27 Apr 14

iknowbetter says...

upset wrote:
InTheKnowOk wrote:
There are lots of talented students who probably would have jumped at the chance to show off their artwork on that wall for free ..
The local talent as you put it will probably over write it with their usual graffiti, but I hope not, as much as I have disagreed with what goes on at Concord beach and for what business's benefit, this will be an improvement.
I fear you could well be right Upset..
[quote][p][bold]upset[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: There are lots of talented students who probably would have jumped at the chance to show off their artwork on that wall for free ..[/p][/quote]The local talent as you put it will probably over write it with their usual graffiti, but I hope not, as much as I have disagreed with what goes on at Concord beach and for what business's benefit, this will be an improvement.[/p][/quote]I fear you could well be right Upset.. iknowbetter
  • Score: 1

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