A portrait of communities

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Members of two village communities joined forces to create a giant mural depicting all that is good about their area.

People spanning the generations in Thornley and Wheatley Hill created a 6 ft-sq mural as part of a Twenty Twelve Together heritage project.

The Lottery Awards For All-funded scheme aimed to commemorate active community groups in the villages during 2012, which was the year of the Jubilee and Olympics.

Artist Angela Tomlinson guided the project and assistant Amanda Cuskin worked with Year 6 children from St Godric’s, Thornley and Wheatley Hill primary schools on design ideas.

Marian Dobson, a former art teacher from St Bede’s School, in Peterlee, fired and glazed the leaves the children made.

Sessions were held for all the community to lay tiles on the mosaic, at St Godric’s, Thornley Library, the Greenhills Centre and Wheatley House.

St Godric’s headteacher Jane Lewins said: “We had 337 members of the community lay tiles. Some were members of community groups such as the heritage centre, history club, mothers’ club and Wheatley Hill Art Club, Thornley Residents’ Association and individuals.

“The age range was from 1 year to 84 years.”

The mosaic will be on show in Wheatley Hill Heritage Centre.