Firm rescues arty festival

Festival organiser Robin Ross will now see buildings transformed thanks to the help of a local firm.
Festival organiser Robin Ross will now see buildings transformed thanks to the help of a local firm.
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TALENTED artists from across the globe will be able to transform Blackpool landmarks after vital equipment was donated following a desperate plea in The Gazette.

The second year of the Sand, Sea and Spray art project had been under threat when organisers were left with no cherry pickers for the artists.

But Blackpool firms HSS Hire and JM Services has now come forward with the equipment to ensure the show will go on.

Tony Shaw, branch manager of HSS Hire on Preston New Road, has provided the designers with two cherry pickers, three scaffolding towers and 20 pairs of step ladders.

Mr Shaw said: “The project will be great for Blackpool because the work the artists do keeps brightening up areas around the town.

“This project looks like it will go on and on for a number of years and keep growing all the time, so it’s good to be part of it.

“Hopefully the equipment is going to help keep Blackpool vibrant.”

With artists arriving from Holland, Croatia, France and Chile, the project is set to give a new lease of life to empty spaces at North Pier and the Winter Gardens.

Mr Shaw added: “This is the sort of thing I don’t mind helping out with.

“We’ve saved them just short of £3,000 in total and it’s all for a good cause.”

The work will be designed and then painted on streets and buildings by friends of the famous street artist Banksy and the London Police of Amsterdam.

Festival organiser Robin Ross told The Gazette: “These guys have come in at the last minute and done a fantastic job for us.

“I’m over the moon because we would have done it somehow, but it would’ve been very difficult because we have such a finite budget.

“To pull off an event this big with a small budget is very tricky and we have to rely on people helping out.

“Some have already started working hard for free to get the sites ready and it’s an exciting time.”

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