A spectacular mural celebrating Horndean’s history of brewing is to be unveiled this month by a very special guest.
The artwork has been placed on the Old Brewery apartment block next to the Gales Brewery tower in London Road, Horndean, and raises a glass to the area’s beer-making heritage.
It will be unveiled on Tuesday 27 November by Mr Nigel Atkinson, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire. Mr Atkinson was the last Chief Executive of Gales Brewery.
The two square metre tromp l’oeil mural, depicting a scene inside a working brewery, gives passers-by a glimpse into how the inside of the brewery might have appeared in years gone by.
Managed by East Hampshire District Council the piece was created by renowned artist Mel Holmes and funded by the Arts Council, councillor grants and the developer Linden Homes.
The piece will be unveiled at 12 noon in front of the public and some specially-invited guests, including former Gales employees and residents of the flats which now make up the iconic building.
Cllr David Evans, who has been working on the scheme, said: “We are very excited to be unveiling this special mural to the public.
“The painting is a beautiful reminder of an important part of Horndean’s past and will be admired by residents and visitors to the village for years to come.
“It has taken a great deal of work to get it here, from the background work by EHDC officers to Mel’s spectacular design.
“Having it unveiled by Mr Atkinson is wonderfully appropriate as he was Chief Executive at the brewery for 16 years prior to its sale to Fuller Smith & Turner in 2006.”
The Lord-Lieutenant said: “I am very much looking forward to returning to Horndean to unveil the mural on the side of the old brewery. I have many happy memories of the village and of my time working there.”
Residents had a hand in choosing the final design from three options displayed at the Three Parishes Fayre in the summer.
Workshops run by professional artists have also been held in the area to give residents a chance to create their own masterpieces. In total 15 workshops were held giving would-be artists the chance to have a go at ceramics, painting and storytelling.
The artwork created in the workshops will be displayed in local businesses for a week preceding the event, creating a fascinating art-trail through the village. The businesses taking part are Studio H, Horndean Travel Ltd, Oh'sos, Four London Road, The Ship and Bell and The Blendworth Centre.