Nautical artwork highlight for Gosport town centre

TWO freshly designed murals inspired by Gosport’s rich nautical history have started to take shape in key areas of the town centre this week, with the council hoping to entice visitors and residents back to the nearby high street after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first mural is featured near the ferry terminal on the bus station’s waterfront side; offering people a boost if commuting to and from Portsmouth. It depicts the Haslar based HMS Alliance submarine including extra details such as ropes, chains, and propellers. It also uses green and blue as its main colours; a reference to the nautical themes of the town.

Coming in early April will be the second mural, which is set to be a bright and bold with work already starting this week. It has been confirmed that the final design will be located on the corner between the High Street and South Cross Street; with a theme of local landmarks set to be included in its contents.

The murals are part of a wider programme of improvement works being undertaken by Gosport Borough Council. They are supported by £215,000 of funding from the Welcome Back Fund. It aims to encourage people to return safely to the high street and give a much-needed boost to communities and businesses after the impact of the pandemic.

Cllr Graham Burgess, Leader of the Council, said: “These public murals will be fantastic additions to the esplanade and town centre – a celebration of Gosport, our history, heritage and communities. The pandemic has had a huge impact on our individual lives and the town’s businesses so it’s vital we invest in our public spaces, like the high street and waterfront, and give people good reasons to get out and about.”

He concluded: “We want to embrace the future of the high street and give a boost to businesses – that is what the Welcome Back Fund is all about. This is a fantastic start to an ambitious programme of improvements in Gosport.”

PICTURED BY CONNOR STEEL: Mural currently in place on Gosport Bus Station (Waterfront side)