Hundreds sign up to back our Millennium Mural campaign

Dave Betson with some of the signed petitions.
Dave Betson with some of the signed petitions.

THE artist behind the under-threat iconic Millennium Mural says he has been “overwhelmed” with support from residents backing the Mail’s petition to save it.

The popular 78ft mural – which depicts the proud history of Hartlepool – has taken pride of place above the Marks and Spencer store in the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre for the past 14 years.

But its future now hangs in the balance after shopping centre bosses say it is being taken down for “essential maintenance”. They cannot commit to re-installing it in the same place.

Nearly 300 people have so far signed the petition, with creator Dave Betson himself collecting 140 signatures for the campaign, which calls for the mural to be displayed in another prominent location.

Mr Betson, 82, who is married to Pat and lives in the Fens area, said: “The support has been overwhelming.

“Me and my wife have also collected 10 petition sheets with signatures on from friends, family, neighbours people at the shops we visit and the bowls club.”

Residents signed the petition at the Headland Carnival, while dozens posted them.

Since the campaign launch, Hartlepool Borough Council has stepped in and offered to find a suitable new home.

People can sign the petition on this page.

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