Vicky is the new Banksy of Blackburn

Vicky paints the town

Vicky McLeish could be the next Banksy of Blackburn after bringing some brightness to the back alley near her home.

Vicky was crowned the ‘Just for Fun’ winner at the Paint The Town presentation night.

BT connections advisor Vicky, assisted by daughter Charlotte, took part in the one-day art competition, organised by The Bureau Centre for the Arts and supported by Blackburn BID, earlier this year revamping a drab alleyway into a colourful haven.

The mother-daughter duo transformed their garden wall in Rockcliffe Street near Grimshaw Park into a bee mural – complete with flowers and foliage.

Vicky, who also volunteers for Keep Blackburn Tidy, said: “The pandemic has just been work, home, work, home, work, home. While putting the bins out each week, I was sick at looking at the boring alleyway full of rubbish and knew something needed to change. We took it upon ourselves to get the back alley cleaned, move the flytipping and clean it all up. “

Once the alley way was litter free, Vicky and Charlotte decided to paint a mural on the wall as their entry for Paint The Town, managing to complete the work in a single day.

Charlotte, who works in TV Licensing at Capita, said: “My mum did the floral design, and I painted the bee. It took us about seven or eight hours, with a couple of tea breaks. It was a lovely day and it was nice to do something different.”

Vicky added: ‘Now I just want to go bonkers and paint everywhere. Maybe I will be the next Banksy of Blackburn. Next I’ll be painting my neighbour Bob’s wall. I think it really brightens up the area.”

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