A stunning wall of colour will greet visitors to the newly opened Shard End Library thanks to the talents of the local community.

More than 100 ceramic tiles, individually designed and painted by residents of all ages, now feature in the large entrance lounge area as a unique artistic feature for visitors to the popular resource.

Kevin Duffy, Library Services Manager said the initiative had provided an opportunity for residents to make a personal contribution to an original community project highlighting the Diamond Jubilee.

“Various versions of the Union Jack, flowers, rainbows, handprints and names have been created by local people of all ages – literally from three months to school children and grandparents -as a personal statement. It is a wonderful contribution to their community,” he added.

The project was sponsored by Birmingham-based property specialists Stoford Retail following their recent completion of a major regeneration programme for Shard End with Barratt Homes.

The scheme has seen the creation of 190 new homes and 12 shops including a Co-operative food store, Greggs, Ladbrokes and Post Office.

Andy Browne, director of Stoford Retail said: “We are delighted to have made a contribution to this novel community project. It will be a lasting reminder of the Diamond Jubilee and its place in the community of Shard End.”

Andy Browne (left) & Cathy Stacey of Stoford with Kevin Duffy, Senior Service Manager, Community Libraries


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