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Work under way on mural at Morecambe's Midland Hotel

Eric Ravilious' mural
Image caption The plaster had not dried on the wall when Ravilious painted the mural and it peeled
Jonquil Cook painting
Image caption Jonquil Cook is aiming to complete the work in a week

Work is under way on a new mural in Morecambe's art deco Midland Hotel.

The mural, by artist Jonquil Cook, will pay homage to hotel's lost mural painted by Eric Ravilious in 1933 on the circular wall in the rotunda cafe.

Ravilious started the work before the plaster on the wall had dried properly. It peeled off so much within a couple of years it had to be painted over.

Ms Cook said alterations to the wall prevent him from fully recreating the original.

"I am a huge admirer of Ravilious' work and I think it is such a shame that his wonderful mural is no longer here for people to enjoy," said Ms Cook.

"I hope I can produce a homage to Ravilious' mural which works in the available space and is in keeping with the rest of the hotel."

Image caption Eric Ravilious and wife Tirzah working on the 1933 mural

She said the work would feature sky, sea and land, with art deco structures and contemporary objects "to bring the work up to date".

Ms Cook, who will be assisted by artist Isa Clee-Cadman, said he hoped to complete the work in a week.

Ravilious was assisted by his wife Tirzah on the original artwork featuring two seaside scenes, one set during daytime and the other in the evening.

The mural was reconstructed temporarily for an episode of TV series Poirot filmed at the hotel in 1989.

Matt Stanaway, the hotel's general manger, said the room is to be renamed Ravilious Rotunda after the artist, who was also a designer, book illustrator and wood engraver.

Ravilious died in 1942, aged 39, accompanying a Royal Air Force air sea rescue mission off Iceland which failed to return to its base.

The Midland Hotel on Morecambe seafront opened in July 1933.

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