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New artwork brings the ‘Old Floral’ back to New Brighton
A NEW artwork featuring photographs of stars who performed at the Floral Pavilion many years ago will go on display at the venue next month.
The pictures of stars including rock and roll legend Albert Lee, glam rock legend Marc Bolan and funnyman Roy Walk had adorned the walls of the theatre bar for many years but were taken down prior to the building's demolition in 2007 to make way for its new home.
The have since been scanned onto canvas and will be unveiled at the seaside venue on Wednesday, October 9.
A spokesman for the Floral Pavilion said: "When they were taken down prior to demolition, a great number were found to be in a very bad state.
"Some had been adorning the walls for over 40 years and were so badly water and smoke damaged that they had started to fade and disintegrate.
"We're pleased to say that, at last, quite a number of them have now been carefully scanned and reproduced on large canvas screens which are now finally in place.
"At the moment they’re hanging in the Conference Centre / Blue Lounge area, however it is hoped that at some time in the future it may be possible a number will also be positioned on the Plaza.
"The canvases have been produced by Birkenhead-based company Photo 2 Canvas, run by husband and wife Andy and Alison Taylor, who hope you’ll agree that they are fitting tributes to the stars that have performed at the Floral.
"The photographs were a wonderful feature of the old 'Floral'; an amazing archive of artistes who had appeared there over the years and a fascinating insight into the theatres heritage and are now back on display."
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