Landmark’s latest makeover is for battle’s 200th anniversary
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-valley.org.uk and bollingtonartscentre.org. uk.
●● Bollington’s White Nancy gets a makeover from local art student Amy Needham as part of the town’s Waterloo Bicentenary celebrations