Dam given a splash of colour

The unveiling of the artwork by youngsters from local schools
The unveiling of the artwork by youngsters from local schools

A dam structure in Market Weighton has been given a splash of colour by youngsters to improve its appearance.

Pupils at Market Weighton schools painted self-portraits on tiles, which have been fitted to a wall on the structure, upstream of Market Weighton town centre.

The Environment Agency invited pupils at The Market Weighton School, Mount Pleasant Junior School, Market Weighton Infant School and St Mary’s RC Primary School to get involved and create self-portraits.

Keith Crawford, from the Environment Agency, said: “We are really pleased with how the tiles look on the new dam structure. We were conscious that the project would have a visual impact for the community, especially in Aspen Play park, so we wanted to give the community the chance to get involved and influence the scheme’s appearance.

“We have really appreciated the enthusiasm of the children and teachers in designing and producing the tiles. They look brilliant.”

The £2.7million dam structure, which was completed in August by Environment Agency contractors, has reinforced safety in the area known as Monkey Run, a disused railway embankment which stores water during heavy rainfall.

The Environment Agency says its work has ensured that the dam is strong enough to withstand the worst possible weather, and to hold flood waters during a major flooding event, protecting the town of Market Weighton from flooding from reservoir water.