ONE OF Droitwich’s most famous sons – comedian and actor Rik Mayall – has been immortalised in the latest artwork to brighten the town’s underpasses.
The much-loved star who grew up in Droitwich and trod the boards for the first time at The Norbury Theatre is included in the public artwork on the walls of the Paddock Hill underpass.
The images are styled on Alice in Wonderland theme but with prominent Droitwich figures and landmarks replacing key characters from the book.
Mayall takes the place of the Mad Hatter while Salt King John Corbett is the King of Hearts.
Local favourite Bella the therapy dog from Droitwich Spa High School is also included along with the town’s war memorial as a reference to those who fought and lost their lives in war.
And there is a crown, as a nod to The Queen and her Platinum Jubilee, while positive mental health quotes also appear throughout.
Andrew ‘Title’ Mills was responsible for producing the design with support from students from The Cabin at Droitwich Spa High School.
After reviewing feedback from the community consultation, the group was keen the design should celebrate the community, Droitwich’s history and provide positive inspiration.
The underpass is the second to be completed as part of the Droitwich Spa Underpass Art Project. Five more will be painted with different designs over the coming months.
The project is funded by Wychavon District Council and Droitwich Spa Town Council.
Worcestershire County Council is also supporting the project by upgrading lighting in the underpasses being decorated.
Coun Chris Day, Executive Board Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing on Wychavon District Council, said: “This is an amazing piece of artwork that really brings Droitwich Spa’s history to life.
“Through this project we are turning underpasses that were previously unpleasant places people avoided into beautiful works of art sending bright, colourful and positive messages to everyone who sees them.”