Preston Business Showcases It’s Rich Heritage Through Stunning Mural

A Preston business is showcasing it’s rich history through a stunning mural on display outside it’s showroom.

Slingers Ironmongers, based on Paley Road in Preston City Centre, was founded by Richard Slinger in 1858 and has been passed down from generation-to-generation.

The company commissioned local artist Shaun Sharpe to create a mural to showcase the city’s rich heritage. The mural includes iconic spots throughout the city including the Fishergate bollard, Sir Tom Finney and Slinger’s old home on Corporation Street.

Shaun spent numerous days working outside in the cold January weather to complete the stunning mural. A timelapse of the mural’s creation can be seen on their Facebook page.

Peter Slinger, Managing Director and Slinger’s 6th generation, said; “We wanted to showcase our history and our involvement in the development of the city in a contemporary way that our customers could relate to.

“Along with illustrations taken from family pictures we wanted to include iconic images of the city, such as Tom Finney’s famous splash photo, the Harris, the Preston lamb and even the bollard that keeps being knocked down in Fishergate for people to try and spot.

“Since 1858 we’ve supplied hardware and ironmongery to many people and
firms in this area. We feel we’ve played our own part in the creation of the city and are very proud of our roots.

“A member of staff had seen Shawn’s work and knew he himself was originally from Ribbleton, so a Preston-born artist was also a good fit.”

The mural has been created on a wooden board which is guaranteed to last 15 years. Slingers are planning to commission another piece in the future.

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