Norfolk students restore fairground ride to former glory

Teenagers from Great Yarmouth College are taking part in Pleasurewood Hills theme park's first ever community art project - restoring horses from the park's popular Carousel ride

Art students are restoring a famous fairground ride to its former glory.

Teenagers from Great Yarmouth College are taking part in Pleasurewood Hills theme park's first ever community art project - painting horses from the park's popular Carousel ride.

The youngsters are already coming up with names for the two horses now 'stabled' in college studios as they research and contemplate possible designs.

Most rode on the carousel during their childhoods and have a nostalgic attachment to the attraction, which has been at the park since it opened in 2001.

'The students are extremely enthusiastic about it and have lots of ideas because it is something different,' said Mat Dale, sector leader in the school for arts and creative technologies,

'There will be a lot of work involved over the next two months. Just stripping them down will take time before the painting even starts.'

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The students, all from BTEC National Diploma in art, design and photography and the foundation art and design courses, are so keen they are already trying to secure more horses to renovate.

Dawn Mickleburgh, 17, said: 'It is an experience we can put on our CVs as well as being fun and something different.'

Others involved in the project are Charlie Crowley, 17, Harry Stebbings, 18, Beth Smith, 17, Jodie Loiacono, 16, Hannah Tomlinson, 16, Rae Garforth, 16, Lorna Pickering, 17, and Sam Benjafield, 18.

Each school and college participating in the art scheme is receiving �100, while art materials are being supplied by Pleasurewood Hills.

To find out how you can get involved in the art scheme call Denise Thompson on 01502 586000.