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Lottie the dog immortalised in mural

Some of Shrewsbury’s best-loved characters, landmarks and even four-legged friends have been immortalised on a 12-metre long mural.

The colourful creation is the work of Linda Edwards, an illustrator and artist who was commissioned to undertake the project.

“Salop Leisure at Emstrey asked me to create a mural for the coffee shop at their headquarters which showed the streets of Shrewsbury and made a journey through Shropshire and the Welsh mountains to the coast,” explained Linda.

“I designed a mural for their boardroom a couple of years ago and was delighted to be invited back to illustrate another.

“I have drawn many of the town’s lovely buildings and streets as well as its characters and even Lottie, the little dog belonging to a member of staff at Salop Leisure, who can regularly been seen on her daily walks around The Quarry Park. Love Coffee is a dog-friendly café so it was nice to include her.

“There has been a fantastic reaction to the mural and I am now working on other projects for the company.”

Managing director Mark Bebb said that Salop Leisure had long been a fan of Linda’s illustrations.

He said: “We were redecorating and were keen to support a local artist. Linda created something for us which included both our town and our business - it was personalised for us with caravans and Harlech castle, as we have holiday parks there.

“The mural has been very favourably received by staff and customers alike and people like to try and identify the buildings, landmarks and characters.” 

Linda’s Shrewsbury and Shropshire illustrations can be seen her range of Sunny Side Art products, including prints and mugs, which will be showcased as part in the Shropshire Handmade and Vintage Christmas event on 26th and 27th November at Salop Leisure.