Land­mark’s lat­est makeover is for battle’s 200th an­niver­sary

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A LAND­MARK is get­ting its lat­est makeover with a de­sign to com­mem­o­rate the an­niver­sary of the Battle of Water­loo.

Young artist Amy Need­ham and her team of helpers caused a stir when they headed up to White Nancy – the hill­top land­mark which over­looks Bolling­ton – to start paint­ing on a de­sign to mark the 200th an­niver­sary of the battle.

It’s a fit­ting over­haul for the land­mark which was built to com­mem­o­rate the battle which was fought near Water­loo in Bel­gium when Napoleon’s French army was de­feated by the Duke of Welling­ton.

The new-look White Nancy is a fo­cal point for a fes­ti­val this sum­mer to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary.

Artist Amy, 19, Bolling­ton born and bred and study­ing at Manch­ester Art School, won a com­pe­ti­tion to come up with the win­ning de­sign to be painted onto the struc­ture.

White Nancy was given a fresh coat of white paint to re­move the Re­mem­brance pop­pies de­sign which was pre­vi­ously painted on be­fore Amy and her team – in­clud­ing mum Bev and dad Paul – set to work. They hope to fin­ish the work this week­end.

It’s the lat­est in a long line of in­car­na­tions for White Nancy over the years – at the hands of artists and van­dals.

Deb­o­rah Roberts, who is help­ing or­gan­ise the an­niver­sary fes­ti­val this sum­mer, said: “It was very much a fam­ily af­fair with Amy’s par­ents help­ing out with the paint­ing.

“It caused a lot of in­ter­est for peo­ple walk­ing nearby.

“It’s a very dra­matic de­sign. As you walk to­wards White Nancy it feels like Napoleon’s sol­diers are go­ing to jump out and come to­wards you.”

The team are get­ting ready for the bi­cen­te­nary fes­ti­val from Fri­day, June 19 to Sun­day, June 21.

Deb­o­rah said: “There are a host of ex­cit­ing events over the fes­ti­val week­end.”

A welly-dec­o­rat­ing and plant­ing work­shop will take place at Bolling­ton Arts Cen­tre to­day (Wed­nes­day) from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

De­tails can be found at happy-val­ and bolling­tonarts­cen­ uk.

Pic­tures: Steve Mur­phy

●● Bolling­ton’s White Nancy gets a makeover from lo­cal art stu­dent Amy Need­ham as part of the town’s Water­loo Bi­cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions

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