TT star John McGuinness to have dedicated mural

John McGuinness on the podium after winning this year's Senior Race

John McGuinness on the podium after winning this year's Senior Race

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TT legend John McGuinness is set to have a special mural made dedicated to his TT race history in his hometown of Morecambe.

Images of the 23-times TT winner will be painted in the style of a newspaper page on the wall of a Morecambe barber shop in the Lancashire town.

John, known as ‘The Morecambe Missile’, told The Morecambe Visitor: ‘The designer has been round to my house with some ideas and it’s going to be really cool. It would be great if it could be done in time for the TT next May.’

In this year’s races, the TT star took home first place trophies in the Pokerstars Senior TT Race and the SES TT Zero Challenge, and smashed the lap record on the second lap of the senior race with a speed of 132.701mph.

As well as this, the motorcycle rider came in fourth place in the RST Superbike TT, seventh in the Monster Energy Supersport TT 1 and eighth in the Supersport TT 2 motorbike races.

The new mural is hoped to draw tourists and motorcycle enthusiasts to the seaside town on their way to the island for the races, which takes place from May 28 to June 10 next year.

The giant collage of images will be drawn by London based illustrator Ben Tallon and is part of an art project called Victoria Press.

Elena Gifford of Deco Publique, co-ordinators of the art project, told The Morecambe Visitor: ‘It’s really important to us that John likes it. He’s been really good at giving us advice and he’s been so supportive.

‘He’s going to help us promote that area to the thousands of people who come to Morecambe.’

The Victoria Press project will tell the story of the town’s history through a series of different artworks.

Each piece will be in the style of a newspaper page as a tribute to the former home of the Morecambe Visitor Newspaper.

The new pieces of artwork aim to transform the look of the town centre to create a heritage attraction to pull people into Morecambe.

Work for the mural dedicated to the TT star is set to begin next year.

To find out more about next year’s TT races visit www.iomtt.com or visit the ‘Isle of Man TT’ page on Facebook.

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