Giant mural appears in Westward Ho! opposing Tesco plans

16:28 09 September 2013

The mural stood in the village car park for several weeks.

The mural stood in the village car park for several weeks.

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The huge mural is the work of street artist Mau Mau, who created a similar mural opposing the Bideford Atlantic Park development in June.

A GIANT mural has appeared on a wall in Westward Ho! apparently opposing plans for a new Tesco in the village.

The artwork, titled ‘Coming soon to a town or village near you! ..INVASION OF THE SUPERMARKETS!’, is the work of renowned street artist Mau Mau.

It has been painted at the Westward Ho! car park, covering up the existing mural which was painted to mark the turn of the millennium.

The painting, which has been worked on in stages in the dead of night over the last few days, was completed on Monday morning.

The original mural, with the 'Say No to Tesco' addition last month.The original mural, with the 'Say No to Tesco' addition last month.

The film-like scene depicts the ‘invasion’ of Tesco and features slogans such as ‘Very Little Helps’ with shop fronts boarded up.

Bev Coombes, who started the Say No To Tesco (SNOTT) campaign said she was absolutely delighted to see the artwork.

“We didn’t know anything about it until it appeared,” she said.

“So many people have been stopping to photograph or video it – some people are even pulling over in their cars to take a better look.

“It is exactly what everybody thinks of Tesco coming here.”

In June, the Gazette reported how a Mau Mau piece of art had appeared on the site of the proposed Atlantic Park development in Bideford.

What do you think of the artwork? Vote in our poll above, comment below, or email sarah.howells@archant.co.uk.

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3 comments

  • This is a superb piece of artwork and an asset to Westward Ho! as well as a perfect way of supporting the local traders. It is clever and humorous, and makes very apt and true criticisms of profit-greedy Tesco. A very big thumbs up for Mau Mau! :D

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    Thursday, September 12, 2013

  • This is a superb piece of artwork and an asset to Westward Ho! as well as a perfect way of supporting the local traders. It is clever and humorous, and makes very apt and true criticisms of profit-greedy Tesco. A very big thumbs up for Mau Mau! :D

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    Thursday, September 12, 2013

  • Westward Ho is our no 1 Holiday destination and we love coming here it is a beautiful village with lovely independent shops and defiantly enough Supermarkets. We travel around Britain about 6 times a year and we our saddened to see so many places with the closure of shops. In one particular place we counted 9 in once a thriving town thanks to the opening of tesco,s. . For example travel to Barmouth area and you will only see the Coop and Spar not a a tesco in site great. Congratulations on the Mural( Mau Mau) it is superb. Wishing Westward Ho a great result to saying No To Tesco Campaign Maggie

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    Lel

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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