Search continues for new home for Millennium Mural

Dave Betson with images of his mural.
Dave Betson with images of his mural.

COUNCIL bosses say they are still working to try and find a suitable new home for the under-threat iconic Millennium Mural.

Officials at Hartlepool Borough Council stepped in and offered to find a suitable new home for the popular 78ft mural after the Mail launched its campaign to save it.

The 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.

A council spokesman said: “We are still in discussions with the owners of the Middleton Grange Shopping Centre to see what options may be available and we are also still actively considering whether we have any suitable sites.”

Almost 500 people have so far signed the petition, with creator Dave Betson himself collecting 250 signatures for the campaign, which calls for the mural to be displayed in another prominent location.

The Mail has also been inundated with people taking the time to sign the petition and post the slips into us.

Mr Betson, 82, who is married to Pat, said: “The mural has had so much support from family and friends, it is definitely worth saving.

“I have managed to collect about 250 signatures myself and I’d like to thank the Mail for all of its support.”

People can add their support by signing the petition in the Mail’s reception in Wesley Square, Hartlepool.