Arty overhaul for landmark
A LANDMARK which commemorates the Battle of Waterloo will be painted with a young artist’s design to mark its 200th anniversary.
Organisers are busy getting ready for a festival to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, which was fought near Waterloo in Belgium when Napoleon’s French army was defeated by the Duke of Wellington. Kerridge landmark White Nancy was built in 1817 to commemorate the victory.
Artist Debbie Tracey Carney has joined the preparations for this summer’s festival by organising an competition for artists to come up with a winning design for White Nancy. The winning design is by 19 year-old Amy Needham, Bollington born and bred and currently studying at Manchester Art School. She is drawing many of the buildings of Bollington as part of her studies and winning the competition is the perfect addition for her portfolio.
Deborah Roberts, from the organising team behind the festival, said: “Judges were impressed by the standard of all 22 entries but chose Amy’s work as winner. They felt that her design captured the fun mood of a festival and the quirkiness of the folly itself but allied it to a suitable reverence for a key historical battle.
“White Nancy will be freshened up by volunteers with a new coat of white paint to remove the current Remembrance poppies and then Amy and her team will paint her design all the way around ready for June’s festival.
“There are a host of exciting events over the festival weekend.”
The festival is from Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21.
Events include welly boot planting, decorating and throwing, walks, a ceilidh and a jazz musical supper all culminating on Sunday with a free family picnic featuring music and theatre on the White Nancy summit.
Details of all events can be found at happy-valley. org.uk and bollingtonartscentre.org. uk.
●● Art competition was held to come up with design for White Nancy for a festival to mark the 200th anniversary of Battle of Waterloo this summer - judges Debbie Tracey-Carney, Deborah Roberts, competition winner Amy Needham Bollington Mayor Amanda Stott