Painter Paul a tourist icon

Paul Staveley at work in London's Oxord Street. He is becoming something of a tourit attraction
Paul Staveley at work in London's Oxord Street. He is becoming something of a tourit attraction
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FORGET Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch and Madame Tussauds.

It seems the latest London tourist attraction is a man from Sheffield.

Step forward and take a bow professional artist Paul Staveley.

Paul, of Manvers Road, Beighton, has been commissioned to complete a series of murals in some of the most famous shop fronts in the world to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

For the past two months he’s become a regular feature in the giant display windows of River Island on the capital’s famous Oxford Street.

And while he’s doing his work, tourists have been busy taking photos of him as he paints.

Sally McEntyre, River Island’s creative project manager, said: “Paul has been painting murals in our River Island windows on Oxford Street to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“He’s also been working in Marble Arch and Oxford Circus where he has produced a collection mannequins in the colours of the Union Flag.

“This has certainly generated a lot of interest from passers-by and tourists.

“People have taking photos and filming Paul then adding it to their social network pages.”

Former Carter Lodge School boy Paul, 49, said: “I’m just a bloke doing his job really.

“But I suppose it is a bit flattering to think that my work is attracting so much interest.”