Arty over­haul for land­mark

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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.

Pic by Janet Beech

●● 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

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