Don the Dulux dog drops in to congratulate Jade

The Dulux Dog, Jade McCormack (competition winner, designer of mural)
The Dulux Dog, Jade McCormack (competition winner, designer of mural)

TAILS were wagging as a very special guest visited Ashington last week.

Seven-year-old Don, the Dulux dog, was in town to congratulate Jade McCormack, the winner of a competition to design a mural for display on Northumberland College’s main campus building.

Jade, 18, beat off stiff competition to come up with a four-by-eight metre design to take pride of place on the side of Ashington’s tallest building.

The competition was organised by paint manufacturer AkzoNobel as part of its Let’s Colour initiative in association with Groundwork North East.

The company provided paints and equipment and painting and decorating students helped bring Jade’s design to life.

Jade is taking an arts foundation degree and is planning to study psychology at Northumbria University next year.

She based her design on the cutter and pit wheel at Woodhorn Colliery, where her step-dad works, and was inspired by the colours of the Northumberland flag.

“It’s the main point in Ashington and how I would like to represent the north east,” she said.

Of seeing her design on the side of the college, she said: “I come down that way to come to college and it’s the first thing I see, this really bright mural. It’s amazing.”

She added that the Dulux dog was “very cute”.

Alongside Don, the event was also attended by a number of specially invited guests, including Ian Lavery MP and Ashington mayor John McCormack.

College principal Stuart Cutforth said: “Projects like this one provide a valuable learning experience for our students through links to industry and the community.

“In choosing the winning design, consultations with the public were held and today’s celebration event provides an opportunity to congratulate all of those involved in the project.”