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Published 10th May 2017

Beautiful Boro

A whistle-stop tour of Middlesbrough can be enjoyed via a fascinating and detailed new mural unveiled in the town.

Beautiful Boro, by Middlesbrough artist Sean Sims, is being used on hoardings at Middlesbrough Town Hall while work is ongoing on its renovation and can also be seen on shop fronts at Palladium Shops on Eastbourne Road, Grove Hill.

Mr Sims, who grew up in Acklam but now lives in Brighton, described being asked by Middlesbrough Council to carry out the project as a “dream commission”.

And owing to his involvement with the Memories of Middlesbrough Facebook page, he came to the project already armed with a list of buildings he wanted to incorporate.

The result is a comprehensive compilation including buildings new and old and many that don’t often make the highlights reel.

Sean, who is 52, married to Majella with whom he has son Stanley, ten, and daughter Mable, eight, said: “It was great to be asked, I was really chuffed. I've had some great illustration commissions over the years, but none has made me prouder than this one for my home town.

“I am part of the Memories of Middlesbrough Facebook page and I have a real passion for the area. Since that was set up we have had discussions about buildings and that was a good starting point.

“The illustration is a composite scene featuring all of the famous landmarks of our great town with the “Steel River” linking them all together. My idea was to simplify the buildings and also capture the colours of the Boro. There is a nod to the industrial heritage but also I wanted to capture aspects of modern Middlesbrough with our newer buildings.”There's a nod to the industrial heritage & the town's history, but also I wanted to capture to aspects of modern Middlesbrough with our newer buildings.

Asked what his favourites are, Sean added: “Scandinavian House and its mural in Linthorpe Village, it’s one of my pet subjects. Who originally did the mural? Nobody knows who it was. I’m big on Scandinavian design and they always spend a bit of money so it would have been someone half decent. We can find out the date but not who it was.”

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