Graffiti artist launches Henley Festival at Paddington Station

Tom Cat working on the Henley Festival mural Image copyright Ben Pruchnie, Getty Images
Image caption Tom Cat spent three-and-a-half hours spray painting the mural

A graffiti artist has created a Henley Festival work for rail commuters at Paddington Station.

Tom Cat spray painted the 6ft by 12ft (1.8m x 3.7m) mural on a temporary wall at platforms eight and nine.

Part of the launch of Henley Festival, Cat's work portrays a train journey to the festival in Oxfordshire.

The festival image, created over three and a half hours, features a sports car, a musician and people sipping champagne.

Cat said: "The guys walking past seemed pretty interested in what I was doing despite the fact that it was technically a miserable Monday morning and they were in the usual rush to get out of the station."

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Image caption Included in the line up for this year's Henley Festival are Jessie J and Lionel Richie

This year's festival, which runs from 8 to 12 July, includes music, art, comedy, street entertainers, pop-up restaurants, flags and fireworks.

There will be performances by Jessie J, Lionel Richie, the Gipsy Kings, Spandau Ballet and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Image caption Graffiti artist Tom Cat and the Mirror Man, who is part of Henley Festival’s Roving Troupe of Entertainers, with the finished mural

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