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Tigers inspire latest city mural

Published on Friday, September 9, 2016

THE LATEST in a series of murals brightening up the streets of Leicester is rapidly taking shape – and this one has been inspired by the city’s rugby team.

The tribute to the Leicester Tigers has been painted opposite their Welford Road ground on a high-profile site on the corner of Walnut Street.

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Leicester Novus and students from De Montfort University (DMU) helped prepare the site, with housing association Midland Heart rendering the wall prior to painting, and the Leicester Tigers contributing towards the costs of the mural.

Ward councillor Elly Cutkelvin said: “This is a great example of a community coming together to brighten up their local environment.

“The new Tigers’ mural replaces a much-loved jungle scene, which – after more than 20 years – was beyond repair. 

“I’m really grateful to the Rotary Club volunteers and the students from DMU, who kick-started the project by creating a blank canvas for us, and for the support of Midland Heart and the Leicester Tigers, who have helped us create a striking new landmark on the Walnut Street site.” 

Chris Rose, head of brand at the Leicester Tigers, said: “Tigers’ fans will pass this site every time we play at home, so we’re delighted that there’s now a little piece of Tigers’ history for them to enjoy on their way to the ground.”

Artist Leigh Drummond  – who also created a Thailand-inspired mural on the side of Newarke Houses Museum – has spent more than a week painting the new mural.

Tigers’ centre Manu Tuilagi, a giant tiger and Leicester legend Martin Johnson all feature in the mural.

The Leicester Tigers’ tribute is the seventh mural to be commissioned by the city council this summer. All the other murals commemorate Leicester City’s Premiership success, including a giant portrait of Claudio Ranieri as emperor and a comic strip-style mural showing highlights of their title-winning season.