A PAINTING which sums up Pagham has been unveiled for the area’s first mural.
The colourful scene has transformed the parish’s most recent bus shelter into an art gallery.
It was created by artist Peter Oldreive from the work of the four winners of a competition held by Pagham Parish Council.
More than 50 entries were received from Rose Green Junior School pupils which the councillors whittled down to those from Chloe Toone, nine, Jake Delury, eight, Benjamin Thomas, ten, and Harry Lindsey, nine.
Chloe’s contribution was a flag planted on top of a large sandcastle. The quartered flag depicts St Thomas a’Becket church, Pagham harbour, an ice cream cone and portion of fish and chips and the beach.
She said: “I drew the flag because it contains a bit of everything. I put in all the bits that were nice to draw.
“They remind me of Pagham. I like drawing because you can do anything with your imagination.
“I feel happy to see it finished and proud of my work.”
The shelter outside The Lamb on Pagham Road was erected in 2004. Its back wall was plain paintwork, which had become vandalised
Parish councillor Dawn Salter organised the painting contest to brighten up the area of 3.4m high and 1.9m wide.
Junior school acting headteacher Jon Cumming agreed to become involved.
“I would like to thank the lovely children who have taken part in this community project,” said Cllr Mrs Salter.
“Involving the children is very important because they are our future.
“This will, hopefully, lead them to appreciate where they live and gives them the opportunity to help in the community.
“We are initiating a programme of enhancements of Pagham and this is a marvellous start.”
The mural is dominated by the sun and sea of Pagham beach in summer. St Thomas a’Becket and Nyetimber Mill are on the left and right-hand sides.
In between, is a fishing boat, children playing and the sandcastle.
Pagham Pram Race, Pagham FC, Pagham CC and the parish council are also featured.
Local resident Mr Oldreive painted the mural in acrylic. It will be covered with a weatherproof coating.