Kevin is go­ing back to his roots

New Lady Lane mu­ral re­flects birth and re­birth

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Lynn Jolly

Pais­ley artist Kevin Cantwell has been lined up to put his own stamp on the town’s pop­u­lar mu­ral trail.

Kevin will make his mark on a gable end in Lady Lane through busi­ness re­gen­er­a­tion group Pais­ley First’s project.

The Pais­ley First Walls Se­ries has been bring­ing a splash of colour to drab build­ings across town and Kevin’s piece is on the wall at the side of the Co-op Funer­al­care.

His con­cept in­cor­po­rates a tree with roots, the Pais­ley pat­tern and but­ter­flies – all sig­ni­fy­ing birth and roots and re­birth – and in­cludes a nod to the fa­mous Slug In A Bot­tle court case.

The le­gal case stemmed from May Donoghue bring­ing – in 1929 – a claim for dam­ages against David Steven­son af­ter she found a rot­ting snail in a bot­tle of ginger beer made by him.

She had gone to the Wellmeadow Café, in Pais­ley’s West End, with a friend who bought the drink.

Af­ter drink­ing some of the ginger beer, Mrs Donoghue topped up her glass with what was left in the bot­tle and a stink­ing, de­com­pos­ing snail fell into her glass.

The re­sult­ing le­gal case set out the prin­ci­ple of the law of neg­li­gence.

As Mrs Donoghue had not ac­tu­ally bought the drink her­self, she had no di­rect claim against Mr Steven­son, so she sought dam­ages from him for the ner­vous shock and gas­troen­teri­tis she claimed were caused by her en­counter with the dead snail.

Af­ter go­ing through a num­ber of courts, and even to Par­lia­ment, even­tu­ally, in May 1932, the Law Lords is­sued a judge­ment, say­ing she was owed a duty of care un­der the “neigh­bour prin­ci­ple” and could bring an ac­tion against Mr Steven­son.

He died be­fore the case could be brought be­fore the court, and his ex­ecu­tors set­tled out of court for a sum of £200 – but the prece­dent was set that it was il­le­gal to act in a way that another per­son could be di­rectly harmed, lead­ing to our mod­ern law of con­sumerism.

Kevin, who re­cently started the piece, said: “It feels great to be se­lected to com­plete the art­work for this mu­ral. It’s been fan­tas­tic to see the mu­rals ap­pear, they re­ally add to the vi­brancy of the town.”

Pais­ley First chair­man Ian Hen­der­son added: “We are all look­ing for­ward to see­ing Kevin’s win­ning de­sign come to life at Lady Lane.”

The Pais­ley First Walls Se­ries is part-funded with a grant through Ren­frew­shire’s Cul­ture, Her­itage and Events Fund.

This will be the fourth mu­ral in the Pais­ley First Walls Se­ries, with the town’s John­ston Street, Sto­rie Street and Lawn Street al­ready boast­ing art­works which are at­tract­ing vis­i­tors to the town.

Pleased to be paint­ing Kevin Cantwell

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