Cromer’s Promenade makeover continues with reveal of mural
- Credit: North Norfolk District Council
Pirates and mermaids can bring the fun from the beach to the Cromer Promenade, thanks to a newly finished mural decorating the pirate play area.
The large sea-life scene surrounds the newly built Cromer West Prom playground, so children can enjoy an under the sea adventure whether they're in the ocean or not.
The 26m long mural depicts underwater flora and fauna local to North Norfolk's coast, including seals, fish and seaweed.
The new mural is part of North Norfolk District Council's £1m Cromer West Prom investment which includes the recently opened 'futureproofed' catering kiosk, toilets and showers, as well as the play area, all of which can be craned to higher ground in the event of a storm surge.
In addition, new benches and picnic seating have been installed on roof-top platforms by the play equipment and Melbourne slope, offering far-reaching views.
Councillor Maggie Prior, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: 'We have had a tremendously positive response from the community regarding the play area and this mural only adds to the excitement of the space.
'To be climbing on a shipwreck, and be surrounded by images of sea creatures and plants just increases the fun and we hope it inspires imaginations.
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'The new facilities and refurbishment of West Prom are a superb addition to Cromer and are part of a programme of investments in Cromer to enhance jobs and boost the tourism economy. We hope they will all be enjoyed and valued by residents and visitors to Cromer's wonderful Blue Flag beach.'
The underwater theme was chosen by North Norfolk District Council to also complement planned educational elements to the West Prom that will aim to tell people about the underwater fauna and flora, the Marine Conservation Zone around the chalk reef and the life cycle of the crab.
NNDC worked with Norfolk artist Mark Harper to create the mural. Mark is an experienced mural and theatre set artist.
He said: 'I enjoyed the challenge of this large mural and the fun I could have with the feel of it enclosing the shipwreck. I think it really works and I hope people walking along the Prom or climbing on the shipwreck enjoy it.'