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Graffiti Art Brings Splash Of Commonwealth Colour To Renfrewshire Town

Five Linwood teenagers had some colourful fun recently when they rolled up their sleeves for a Commonwealth Games-themed graffiti art project in their town.

The young people spent five days working with the council’s youth services team during the spring break to brighten up an underpass next to Linwood’s Phoenix Retail Park.

Jack Rankin, 15, and Connor Ahmed, 16, came up with the project idea and worked with John Kennedy, Community Learning Officer, to plan it and to secure £2,127 from the Scottish Government’s Cashback to Communities Fund.

They were joined by Adam Burnett, 15, Lewis Marchetti, 15, and David Carson, 16, to develop ideas and together the five youngsters produced a design broadly based on the Commonwealth Games: The picture has abstract police sirens with people riding away on bikes but then evolves into people cycling in the velodrome towards a gold medal with the slogan ‘what’s you’re game’.

John Kennedy, Renfrewshire Council Community Learning Officer said: “We spent the first day of the project working in Linwood Baptist Church hall to plan everything out. The youngsters really took the lead with ideas and producing the design. We then moved onto the underpass to paint on the design and had Amy Whiten and Ali Wylie from Recoat Design working with us.

“The project let the young people to do something positive in their town and work on their own initiative. They were a pleasure to work with and they delivered something creative in their community that they can be very proud of.”

Jack Rankin said: “It was a great experience to learn new skills and do something productive.”