Nuneaton based Air Cadets joined forces with other local community groups in an art based project to put new life and light back into an old tunnel.
The tunnel linking Wheat Street to Oaston Road in Nuneaton has recently undergone a refurbishment as part of a Warwickshire Youth Justice Service project. The work has been undertaken to make the tunnel a brighter, cleaner and safer route for pedestrians.
In partnership with many agencies the tunnel has received a facelift that includes repairs to the brickwork and slabs, painting and improved lighting. The tunnel refurbishment has also seen the introduction of new artwork designed by young people and produced by community groups and schools from the local area with a focus on Nuneaton and Bedworth history. The artwork which now adorns the walls of the tunnel also includes two items representing the Air Cadets of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron.
The newly refurbished tunnel, was officially opened on Sunday 15th September by the Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Mr Timothy Cox, in front of a crowd of over 80 people representing those who have been involved in the project including cadets from 121 Squadron. Councillor Les Caborn, the Cabinet Portfolio holder for Community Safety and Mr Len Hardy (121 Squadron Civilian Committee Chairman also representing Ubique Partnerships and the Veterans Contact Point) also attended the event.
Paul Hooper, Community Safety & Substance Misuse Group Manager said “This project has involved many agencies and individuals working together to make this important walking route safer and more pleasant. The artwork depicts important buildings and people related to Nuneaton so it is a history lesson too.”
Community Safety Project Officer Helen Earp said: “It was great to see so many people, some that had created the artwork along with residents and local people that will use the tunnel daily. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make the transformation in such a tight time-scale – the tunnel really is a visual success.”
Flt Lt Paul Hincks RAF VR(T) Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “We are delighted that the Air Cadets have been able to take part in this project and its brilliant to be able to see our artwork up on the walls alongside the contributions of so many other youth groups. Good Citizenship, which in our view includes work within the local community is one of the core objectives of the Air Cadet Organisation and having our artwork on display as part of this project will hopefully be a lasting reminder of the contribution to the local community made by the young people of 121 Squadron.
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