Merseyrail has welcomed a further addition of art in the form of a mural to Old Roan rail station. The artwork was donated by Holy Rosary School, Aintree and now takes pride of place in the underpass opposite the ticket office.
Merseyrail are delighted we have these close links with our communities, and I’m so pleased they gave us and our passengers the opportunity to enjoy this outstanding mural
The work known as ‘Aintree Lifelines Mural’ captures life from the Vikings through to the year 2000. It was planned and designed by Sheila Morrisroe a teacher at the School and completed by Peter Owen an artist from Sefton.
The School donated the mural to the wider community and Marion Elson Station Adopter at Old Roan and Secretary of Old Roan Residents Association worked with local ward councillor Marion Atkinson, Merseyrail and Merseytravel to get the mural displayed in the most prominent location she could.
However, before this happened the U3A arts and craft group led by Eddie Caldwell restored the work which had been damaged in some areas. Eddie said “the art group have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project. It’s been really hard work, but very rewarding to give something back to the community.”
Marion Atkinson Molyneux ward Councillor said “the mural is now there for everyone to see. When the residents association came and spoke to me about it I knew straight away the station was the right place to have it displayed. I’m also really proud of the area I represent and the people in it. Everyone came together including the School, the U3A, Merseytravel and Merseyrail to make this happen.”
Sally Ralston Corporate Social Responsibility Manager said suggestion “Merseyrail are delighted we have these close links with our communities, and I’m so pleased they gave us and our passengers the opportunity to enjoy this outstanding mural.”
Cllr Gordon Friel lead member for rail services in Merseytravel said suggestion “there is so much community involvement at our stations now. The station adoption programme is a real opportunity for everyone to get involved and showcase their talent.”