New Mural Celebrates Ballywalter Heritage

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A community cohesion project supported by the Housing Executive has brought people of different backgrounds and ages together to reimage a mural in the village’s Peace and Memorial Garden.

Sandra Henderson, from Ballywalter Community Action Group, explains how the new mural was created. She said: “In 2008 the Housing Executive helped us transform a derelict piece of ground in the village into a Somme themed Peace and Memorial Garden. Unfortunately over the years the weather has worn the artwork away and caused considerable damage to the garden.

“The funding from the Housing Executive has allowed us to reimage this mural with materials that are more durable and longer lasting.

“Everyone had great fun creating the artwork. It really brought everyone together and was a fantastic opportunity to discuss why living in Ballywalter is so special.”

Owen Brady, the Housing Executive’s Ards and North Down Area Manager, said: I am delighted that residents in Ballywalter have been able to use funding from our Community Cohesion programme to regenerate the village and instill a real sense of civic pride.

“Residents really put a lot of thought and creativity into how they wanted to express their identity and celebrate their heritage. It was great to see people from different generations and backgrounds working together to create something special in their Peace and Memorial Garden.

“I hope that that this mural will be enjoyed for many years to come.

Mayor Richard Smart (centre) joined local residents and Housing Executive staff Owen Brady (centre left) and Gus Moore (second from left) at the launch of the new mural.