Cleethorpes, for many years, has been synonymous with buckets and spades, family fun and beautiful beaches as well as traditional donkey rides on the sand. But now there’s a new donkey in town, and he’s not going anywhere soon!
St Peter’s Avenue in the town centre is the home to E-Factor (Cleethorpes), the local business support company with bases across North East Lincolnshire. The side of their building, just next to St Peter’s church, has been graced with a brand new colourful mural of Dudley the Donkey.
The artwork has been managed by Creative Start CIC who are based in Grimsby docks and led by Sam Delaney.
The artist, Jake Klone, aka Klonism, has flown over from Mexico to paint this mural – his work also graces the Appleleaf Chartered Accountancy building on Town Hall Street in Grimsby. Jake is a Leeds born artist, who creates work in graffiti style, using bold and attention-drawing colours, and his work graces places across the globe.
Speaking of the painting, Sam said: “This is a new chapter for us in terms of the murals. We had the Paint the Town Proud project and have worked with some fantastic people to put artworks in across Grimsby. This a whole new branch of work for us, and one which has already seen loads of people appreciate and admire the work as it’s been going on!”
Meanwhile, Mark Webb, MD of E-Factor, said: “We’ve been in the building for years now, and to have such an iconic mural on the side of the building not only makes us easy to find, but it’s had lots of positive reaction to it on the street too. It will be great to be able to walk up to work each day and have a smile at Dudley!”
Cllr Hayden Dawkins, Cabinet member for culture and the arts said: “Seeing these murals all over the towns really helps to brighten the place up. The artwork is wonderful, and I’m so glad we’ve got Dudley in such a prominent place!”