A stunning piece of street art celebrating Barking’s rich heritage has been completed, bolstering the area’s reputation as London’s latest creative hotspot.

This mural design, chosen by residents, incorporates East Street, Bascule Bridge, Curfew Tower, Wellington Windmill and the River Roding, all key parts of Barking’s history.

Jake Attewell, the artist behind the mural, said, “It’s been great fun doing this and I hope the residents will love it as I feel it represents the rich heritage and vibrancy of Barking.”

The new mural can be seen on the side of McDonald’s on the corner of East Street.

Leader of Barking and Dagenham, Councillor Darren Rodwell, said “This is standout piece of art which will become a real landmark in Barking. It’s more evidence that Barking and Dagenham has firmly become London’s creative hotspot, with two film studios coming here and a flourishing arts community.”

The mural is the latest part of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s programme of activities to show the public Barking’s vivid history.

Simone Panayi, Community Engagement Officer at Be First, said “Here at Be First regeneration means more than bricks and mortar – it’s about hearts and minds too – and we believe Jake’s stunning mural satisfies the soul.”

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