New artwork unveiled

A stunning new artwork has been unveiled in Lynemouth as part of a £1m improvement scheme.

The sculptural ironwork was created by artist Graeme Hopper after he was commissioned by housing association Isos to make a new gateway feature for the entrance to the village.

The finished piece, which is situated on the corner of Albion Terrace and Fenham Road, is part of a range of environmental improvements carried out in the area worth around £1.24million.

Local schoolchildren from the Northumberland Church of England Academy’s William Leech Campus were involved in developing the sculpture during an arts week earlier this year.

Mr Hopper worked with them on designs related to the sea, such as cascading waves, boats and starfish, to inspire the final piece.

He said: “It has been a very interesting project, which has involved the community creating something that really reflects the brighter future for this area.”

School primary leader Helen Sample said the pupils benefited from the project.

“The children enjoyed this fantastic opportunity to work alongside Graeme Hopper to talk about and design different sculptures,” she said.

“They put so much effort into their designs and it has been exciting to see the sculpture installed as a reminder of this partnership.”

Metal handrails and fences were also given a make-over and incorporate the wave pattern of the sculpture.

In total, the Isos land improvement scheme covers more than 219,000 square metres of land, enhancing it for public amenity.

Environmental charity Groundwork North East has delivered the work alongside contractor Mears on behalf of the housing association.

Groundwork project officer Stuart Jones said: “The work is a result of a fantastic community-led project that shows what can be achieved when people work together.”

Isos housing support services manager Andy Kennedy said: “We’re really pleased to be funding this artwork for Lynemouth as part of a wider programme of investment in the village.

“We hope that everyone will enjoy the other improvements, such as the tree planting and new fencing, which all contribute to making Lynemouth an attractive place to live for all residents.”