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Students brighten up community

Youngsters have brought a real splash of colour to a South Tyneside housing estate.

Pupils from St Wilfrid's RC College in South Shields drew on their artistic skills to help spruce up the park area in Laygate estate.

The Year 9 students spent two days creating a striking mural and repainting the play equipment.

The project was organised by South Tyneside Homes after residents suggested revamping the park.

The pupils, helped by staff and apprentices from South Tyneside Homes, designed and painted an underwater-themed mural.

Councillor Allan West, Lead Member for Housing and Transport, said: "The students decided on the underwater theme as they thought it would appeal to the two- to five-year-old age group of children using the park.

"They collected images of fish and marine life from home and their teacher and replicated them on the wall.

"They were all very proud of the finished product and rightly so - they've done a fantastic job.

"Feedback from local residents has been very positive; they've told us it's completely brightened up the estate and made the park much more inviting."