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New Banksy-style painting at Dudley Hippodrome pays tribute to Roy Orbison as demolition continues

American singer Roy Orbison was the last performer to play the Dudley Hippodrome almost half a century ago - and now his likeness has popped up to watch the famous old venue's last moments.

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The painting and Dudley Hippodrome

A new painting has appeared on the security hoarding outside the Hippodrome, which is currently being prepared for demolition, with long lines of wire fencing and construction equipment parked near the site on Castle Hill.

The painting of Roy Orbison is next to the entrance of the site

The painting on the hoarding is of American singer Roy Orbison, who was the last performer to play at the venue on August 16, 1974, and is the latest work of Disney B32, also known as the 'Birmingham Banksy' with his stencil style bearing a resemblance to that of the legendary street artist.

It has appeared at the gate to the site, where work continues to demolish the Hippodrome as part of plans to create a brand new £25 million higher education facility.