Community Hall Art Remembers Prescot History

By on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

eaton_street_artA handyman has brought Prescot history to life in a piece of art for a community centre.

Residents of the KHT sheltered housing scheme on Eaton Street shared their  memories of the town to inspire artist and Vivark employee Allen Heron to create the painting.

He unveiled his work after volunteering with a six-strong team to refurbish the community hall.

A well-known local artist, Allen has previously worked in care homes on art projects to support people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and he wanted to use his skills to do the same type of project at Eaton Street.

“I’ve done community work before, so I was happy to be a part of it,” he said. “The painting took me about 20 hours and the residents were really pleased with it.”

Allen now plans to work with the residents to produce a board to put next to his painting, with old photos of the area and local history information.

Scheme resident Mary Naylor, who has lived in Prescot for 55 years, spoke highly of the hall’s refurbishment, saying, “We’ve got nice laminated floors now instead of the old carpet, and the walls are much lighter. It makes the room much brighter and a happier place to be.”

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Photo: L-R, Allen Heron with scheme residents Joyce Finney,
Mary Naylor, Joan Coughlin, Eileen Butler & Edna Lunt

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