Mandeville pupils give King Offa pub in St Albans a lick of paint

PUBLISHED: 14:58 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:58 25 July 2017

Mandeville students at the mural. Photo: PEGGY SHARP

Mandeville students at the mural. Photo: PEGGY SHARP

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Pupils from Mandeville primary school have given the hoardings around the King Offa pub a lick of paint.

King Offa mural. Photo: AUDREY MONTETKing Offa mural. Photo: AUDREY MONTET

The schoolkids helped local artist Audrey Montet create an eye-catching mural around the pub.

Audrey, who runs Montet Designs, said: “I was very impressed by the children’s efforts.

“They threw themselves into the task with great energy and enthusiasm, showing considerable artistic talent. They also had a lot of fun.”

The King Offa site, in Cottonmill, is being turned into housing after the pub closed in 2015.

St Albans council, who own the site, commissioned the mural to brighten up the site during the building work.

Housing lead Cllr Brian Ellis said: “The building work is likely to take a year or so.

“It’s an important development as it will provide the city with some much-needed affordable homes.

“The mural is a great idea as it gives the site a far more attractive and interesting appearance.

“I am pleased the children had an enjoyable time helping to create it.”

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