Striking new cylist mural for Otley

Wharfedale Observer: Left  to Right: Artist and teacher Shane Green with Prince Henry's Grammar School students Alex Lunn, Samuel Hebditch, Sam Marsden, Leah Armitage, Annabel Rockliff. Left to Right: Artist and teacher Shane Green with Prince Henry's Grammar School students Alex Lunn, Samuel Hebditch, Sam Marsden, Leah Armitage, Annabel Rockliff.

The side of a former Otley pub has been transformed into a striking mural to greet the Tour de France.

Local artist and teacher Shane Green worked through the night to paint a giant cyclist image onto the wall of what used to be the Summercross Inn, off Pool Road.

He was helped by friend and cyclist Steve Bottomley, who worked on the mural's background polka dots, with the pair persevering until 4am to complete the job.

The mural, which faces directly out onto the Tour's route into town, is part of a wider scheme - led by The Junction Inn's landlord, Tony Grey - to improve the appearance of the East Busk Lane building ahead of the race.

Prince Henry's Grammar School students have also been drafted in to create colourful stencil and spray paint cycling designs for the hoarding in front of the Summercross.

Mr Green, who is Head of Art at Prince Henry's, said: "Tony provided the materials and scaffolding for the mural and we've have great feedback, the owners think it's great and people have been very complimentary.

"They've also been giving money to us which we don't actually need, but any donations we get we'll give to Wheatfields Hospice.

"The students have really enjoyed getting involved, we had Year 10 doing stencils and spraying in the style of Banksy, and a Sixth Form group who tied things together."

The former Summercross has been boarded up since 2009 while awaiting redevelopment.

Mr Grey approached owners Westward Care and Leeds City Council earlier this year with idea of getting the local high school involved in giving the property an artistic makeover before Le Grand Depart on Saturday, July 5.

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