Scotland

Forces Children Help Create Scotland's Largest Heritage Mural

Professional artists have linked up with local schools and youth groups as part of the project.

More than 500 children of British Army soldiers are helping to create Scotland's largest heritage mural.

The budding artists of the Dreghorn Barracks Tiny Terrors Toddler Group are designing the artwork for an old railway tunnel nearby.

Families of personnel from the Royal Regiment of Scotland and 3 Rifles are all based in the area around the Colinton Tunnel in south Edinburgh.

 Zakia Yousaf, from the Army Welfare Service, told Forces News: "The military are so embedded within Colinton.

"We have been here for many many years and I think it’s so important that we have an opportunity to give something back and be involved in a project like this."

The mural will go on display at Colinton Tunnel in the south of Edinburgh.

"I have experience in painting big spray stuff and doing heritage murals and also working with children and communities to make sure they have ownership," the project's head artist Chris Rutterford said.

Professional artists have linked up with local schools and youth groups as part of the project.

They are drawing inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson's poem 'From A Railway Carriage', as well as the rich community history in the area.

"Colinton's had an Armed Forces community since 1919 when Redford Barracks opened," said Mike Scott, chairman of the Colinton Tunnel Mural Project.

"You couldn't do a community project without making sure that it involved Army families, because Army families are part of the community."

The aim is to have the artwork completed by the summer.