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Giant Penkridge pub mural pays tribute to NHS heroes

A young art student has painted a mural at her local pub to encourage neighbours to stay safe.

Davina Jackson painted a mural on the side of The Star pub in Penkridge thanking the NHS and marking the coronavirus pandemic

Davina Dickson, aged 18 a Fine Art student at University of Wolverhampton, painted the mural at The Star pub on Cannock Road in Penkridge.

She was asked to paint the piece by licensee of the pub, Alison Heath, 40, who is a family friend of Davina's.

Alison said: "I had seen some of her work on Facebook and knew she was the best one for the job, we've had to keep it a secret for a month which has been hard.

"It's been an emotional rollercoaster, especially seeing the pub empty.

"Before it was a plain wall and it is on a main road, we have a lot of NHS workers and carers who go past it every day so we wanted to do something to get the village together and show our support."

It took the budding art teacher eight hours to paint the huge mural.

Davina said: "I'm really pleased with it, you can see it from so many directions and reflects what is going on at the moment.

"I wanted to thank the NHS for everything they're doing, I'm glad it has put a smile on people's faces, that's all I wanted to do.

"Some people have said they have cried when they saw it which I wasn't expecting.

"I also want to thank The Star pub for asking me to do it and allowing me to do what I love, it has made my entire week."

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