Unveiling of North Walsham Library mural, created by ex-Paston College students

Two young art students have transformed an ''uninteresting'' blank, brick wall outside North Walsham Library.

Matthew Shaw, from Briggate, and Michael Lester, from Bacton, who are now studying in London, were back in the town this week to see their large mural officially unveiled at the site, on New Road.

The pair, both 21, took on the challenge three years ago after library staff approached Paston Sixth Form College, in North Walsham, where they were both students.

They carried on with it whenever they were home in Norfolk on holiday from the University of Westminster where they have both just finished their second year studying for a degree in illustration.

Library manager Sue Lawrence said she was delighted with the finished mural, which shows people of all ages and types taking part in activities on offer in the library.

'It was a very dull, uninteresting wall before and what we have got now is something very vibrant which makes the library welcoming and shows that it's all about the whole community,'' she added.

The mural, created using oils, acrylic paints, pencil, marker pens and collage, includes a mobile library van, people playing computer games, and choosing DVDs and books. The artists included members of their families, and library staff in the picture, as well as themselves looking a computer in the background.

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Barry Stone, Norfolk County Council's member for cultural services, cut a red ribbon to 'open' the mural.

He said the work epitomised modern libraries: 'Nowadays libraries are places of fun and community activity - very different from when they were just places of learning and silence.'

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