First tiles laid in Hunstanton's Heritage Gardens
PUBLISHED: 14:43 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:43 09 May 2018
The first painted ceramic tiles have been laid today on the newly-refurbished toilet block in Hunstanton's Heritage Gardens.
They were hand-painted by members of the public last summer, at a series of workshops led by artist Kate Dunbar.
Participants were shown how to paint on the tiles, and then invited to design their own that will be on permanent display in the gardens.
Anyone who missed the workshops last year still has a chance to be involved in the project, as there will be three more workshops on August 4 and 5, August 18 and 19, and August 25 and 26.
Roger Partridge, activities coordinator for the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens, said: “The tile-painting workshops last year were incredibly popular, with lots of people coming along, and some really wonderful art was produced.
“It’s great to see this project moving to its next stage, and the very first tiles being placed in their permanent home.
“If you’d like your artwork to be seen by visitors to the gardens for years to come, why not join us at one of the next workshops in August.”
The workshops are part of an extensive events programme funded by West Norfolk council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund, as part of the Hunstanton Heritage Gardens regeneration project.
In June 2016, The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded funding towards a £1.3m project to restore and enhance Hunstanton’s Heritage Gardens.
It focused on Hunstanton’s seafront gardens which are made up of the Green, the Esplanade Gardens, Cliff Parade above the famous stripy cliffs and the ruins of St Edmund’s Chapel.
Green spaces were central to the vision of the town’s founder, Henry Styleman Le Strange, for a purpose built Victorian resort. The project ensured the restoration of the town cross, town sign,
bandstand, shelter to the south of the Green, the cenotaph, flood memorial, toilet blocks, Edwardian pavilion, the fountain, three Victorian shelters on the cliff top and the 13th Century remains of St Edmund’s chapel.
A number of the garden beds have also been improved. Most of the path network has been resurfaced, and lighting, benches and railings renewed.