Artist brings history to life again with his latest mural on Hartlepool's Headland

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An artist has brought Hartlepool’s history to life again in his latest mural.

Lewis Hobson, of Durham Spray Paints, painted his 11th masterpiece on the side of a house at Jacques Court, on the Headland, depicting a postcard of the old bandstand at the Headland amphitheatre.

The Headland Bandstand, as it is known, was an area of land built in the late 19th Century as part of Hartlepool’s sea defences before it was transformed into an events space for musical performances, community celebrations and sporting events.

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Anthony Greenfield, who commissioned the piece, said: “We have a nice big wall so we thought we could get something there but because of where we live, we wanted something historic for the area, so we phoned Durham Spray Paints for some advice on the design.”

Anthony Greenfield with the mural that has been painted on the side of his Headland home.Anthony Greenfield with the mural that has been painted on the side of his Headland home.
Anthony Greenfield with the mural that has been painted on the side of his Headland home.

Anthony, who first moved from Durham to the town four years ago, added: “When I saw it I thought wow, that is just the icing on the cake.”

The mural has had a great reception so far, with Anthony having a number of people knocking on his door to speak to him about it.

Anthony, who has always wanted to live by the sea, said: “I was having my breakfast one morning and the doorbell rang and a man was at my door and said he had the original postcard and asked if he could take a photo.”

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While this piece may look finished, Lewis will be adding more to the mural.

The mural that has been painted on the side of Anthony Greenfield's Headland home.The mural that has been painted on the side of Anthony Greenfield's Headland home.
The mural that has been painted on the side of Anthony Greenfield's Headland home.

Anthony, who works as a social worker in Middlesbrough, has always wanted to live by the sea so for him, this is a dream come true.

Lewis, who is from Spennymoor, County Durham, said: "I always paint a lot less than I get asked because I want it to be the right place and the right mural.”

For a map of where to find all of Lewis’s other works of art, visit his page Durham Spray Paints on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DurhamSprayPaints.