Local artist Jim Stanley pictured with his recently installed designs.

A community art project has breathed new life into the Pocket Park near Northwich’s Bull Ring thanks to funding from the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID).

The artwork features Poppies to ensure continuity with the previous composition by Carolyn Shepherd and to pay tribute to all those from the area who have served their country or continue to do so.

Also depicted are some of the town’s mock Tudor buildings, the historic swing bridges and the rivers Weaver and Dane which combine in Northwich.

The boards have been lovingly designed and painted by local artist and musician Jim Stanley who regularly produces pieces of art and music about Northwich, while all the materials used have been supplied by the Northwich Art Shop via investment from the BID.

The community project forms part of the Northwich BID’s objective to make the town an even more attractive and welcoming place to live, work and visit, with more initiatives planned in 2021 to improve the town’s aesthetics further and to work with local individuals and organisations to promote and market Northwich.

Jim Stanley Poppies Artwork 2
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Jim has revealed his inspiration behind the design and why he is so passionate about Northwich.

“I felt the design had to be simple and bold to catch the eyes of passers- by, enticing 
them to maybe stop awhile and chill,” said Jim. “I am really grateful for the opportunity to do this piece of work and l hope it enhances the town centre.

“Northwich is not just timber and bricks; it is memories, people and experiences. As an artist l feel it is important to have a sense of place and Northwich, with its mock Tudor buildings, boat lift and swinging bridges, is a unique place l am proud to be a part of.”

Jim’s artwork has been praised by Northwich BID Project Manager Adam Gerrard who believes that the designs really capture the town’s heritage and unique character. He has also explained why the BID knew that Jim was the right man for the job when the project was commissioned.

“Jim has managed to capture the historic and characterful features of Northwich perfectly with these boards and they will really have an emotive and striking impact for people who see them when they’re walking into town or enjoying a break in the park.

“Everyone at Northwich BID is well aware of Jim’s passion for the town and creativity and it’s clear just how much he cares for Northwich. As soon as the idea to begin this project came about we knew he was the person to get in touch with.”