Giant Skinningrove mural unveiled two years on

Northern Gas Networks, the gas distributor for the North of England, has unveiled a mural on a bridge in Skinningrove today to mark two years since severe weather washed the original bridge away, severing the gas supply to the entire town.

Children from Freebrough Academy in Brotton joined NGN’s community artist, Mick Hand, to reveal a 15 metre mural that they helped to create during art classes at the school.

The giant piece of art depicts how the local community came together to help engineers from NGN as they worked round the clock to return the gas supply to customers in the village as quickly as possible in September 2013.

Mick Hand, community artist for Northern Gas Networks said, “We’ve got to know the community really well over the past couple of years and it was great to work with the children from Freebrough Academy to design the mural. The children have done a fantastic job creating a really eye-catching mural that tells the events of 2013 brilliantly.”

Heather Goodwill, Art Teacher at Freebrough Academy said: “It was lovely to see the kids looking really engaged when they worked with Mick to create this amazing mural. It’s been a great opportunity for our students to work on a piece of public art and I felt extremely proud when the children unveiled it today!”

Councillor Barry Hunt, Redcar and Cleveland Council said, “When the bridge collapsed in 2013, there was a real team effort from Northern Gas Networks and the local community to restore the gas supply and from Cuerillian to rebuild the bridge. As engineers worked through the night, local residents came together and made them pasties and sandwiches to keep them fueled!”

“We’ve forged a really close relationship with Northern Gas Networks over the last couple of years, and we’re delighted with the mural that has been designed by Mick and the students at Freebrough Academy. It really shows how the community came together to work as a team and I will feel a sense of pride every time I drive over the bridge!”

NGN believes in getting actively involved in local communications and forging lasting relationships with people living in the area in which it operate.

To find out more about NGN’s Community Promises, please visit www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk/community/.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects Carbon Monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About Northern Gas Networks

Northern Gas Networks own all the gas mains in the North East, most of Yorkshire and northern Cumbria transporting gas to 2.7 million homes and businesses.

The network consists of 37,000km of gas mains, enough to stretch from Leeds to Sydney, Australia and back.

Our mains replacement programme will see 3,800km of old metal gas main replaced with modern plastic equivalents by 2021.

For more information please visit www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk

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