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Newark store Village Chic unveils poppy mural to mark Remembrance Day





A shop has unveiled its latest mural to the public ­— a host of poppies to mark Remembrance Day.

The three-floor business, Village Chic, on Castlegate, Newark, is known to the town for its diversity in products but also its colourful painted displays on its shop front.

The shop that has been open for ten years regularly creates different murals celebrating or marking different events.

Resident artist, Laura Hill with the new poppy mural at Village Chic, Newark. (60299179)
Resident artist, Laura Hill with the new poppy mural at Village Chic, Newark. (60299179)

The past murals for Remembrance day differ from a clock celebrating the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and a flag to a painting of a soldier.

Other paintings include daisies in support of the Children’s Bereavement Centre’s Meadow of Memories in Newark Castle, beach huts during the Newark-on-Sea beach, or the most recent one, dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II following her death.

Laura Hill works in the shop and is the artist responsible for the creations.

She said: “For remembrance day, the poppy represents hope for the future. So that we have a peaceful life in the future.

“This year instead of being more solemn with the clock or the soldier, we wanted to be more celebrating because people have already been down so we wanted to have a poppy of hope.”

Throughout the years the murals that have started on the windows from inside the building, just grew bigger and bigger to the outside.

Resident artist, Laura Hill with the new poppy mural at Village Chic, Newark. (60299177)
Resident artist, Laura Hill with the new poppy mural at Village Chic, Newark. (60299177)
Display painted by resident artist, Laura Hill at Village Chic, Newark. (60299184)
Display painted by resident artist, Laura Hill at Village Chic, Newark. (60299184)

“We had a man entering the shop, he said he was a war veteran and that it was lovely to see the mural and be remembered.

“He really appreciated it.”

Lucretia Henry-Brewin, the shop owner said: “We get a lot of people dipping in and shouting to Laura of how amazing the mural is.

“But when she’s painting she puts on airpods and with the music she can’t hear because she likes to focus on the display and you get people shouting 'Lauraaaaa, that’s brilliant! Very good!'

“It’s been really well received by everyone.”



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