Thoughtless vandals threaten unveiling

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The work of pupils from three Derbyshire schools has gone on display at Dronfield Train Station.

The six poster-size artworks, created by students from William Levick Primary, Lenthall Nursery and Infants, and Northfield Junior, celebrate the upcoming 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, and feature portraits of the Queen, depicting her long reign - and even her corgis.

But the unveiling event, organised by Friends of Dronfield Station, nearly had to be called off, after vandals smeared the contents of a takeaway over the walls featuring the images, the weekend before.

FoDS Project Manager Philip Brightmore said: “If we had CCTV at the station it might discourage this sort of thing happening.

“In preparation for the opening of the exhibition, the waiting shelters had been repainted, and it was here the vandals chose to make an unsightly mess which threatened to ruin the entire event.

“Luckily on this occasion we had time to repair the paintwork before the children arrived at the station so it didn’t spoil the event for them.”

Town Mayor Coun Liz Blanshard unveiled the artwork last week, which is now housed in the station passenger waiting shelters, congratulating the children on their ‘colourful and imaginative’ pictures.

She said: “These latest artworks from the three schools are part of a rolling exhibition designed to showcase the work of budding artists from schools in and around Dronfield.

“Since the project started in March 2013, it has also served to brighten up the station for people waiting for trains, and enhance its attractiveness as a much valued community facility.”