YOUNGSTERS have helped to brighten up a South Tyneside neighbourhood by creating an underwater-themed mural.
Pupils at St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields used their artistic skills to improve a park area on the Laygate estate.
Children from the Temple Park Road school spent two days creating the mural and repainting play equipment as they added a splash of colour to the estate.
The Year 9 students were taking part in a project organised by South Tyneside Homes after residents suggested that a revamp of the park was needed.
Staff and apprentices from South Tyneside Homes helped the children carry out the work as they designed and painted the mural.
Coun Allan West, South Tyneside Council’s 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 play 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 has completely brightened up the estate and made the park much more inviting.”