Vandals take shine off pupils’ Newton bus shelter joy

Street Pride members and Kinderley pupils at the official opening of the newly decorated bus shelter in Newton.
Street Pride members and Kinderley pupils at the official opening of the newly decorated bus shelter in Newton.

Pupils’ pride in their new arty bus shelter was shortlived when vandals destroyed some of their work.

The shelter in Goodens Lane, Newton, was unveiled after being freshly painted and adorned with little pieces of brightly painted pottery made by children at Kinderley Primary School in Tydd St Giles.

But within days of the shelter being completed, vandals had broken off some of the clay figures.

Newton Street Pride member Carol Peasey, whose idea it was to revamp the shelter, said she was “disappointed” at the heartless damage and hit out at those responsible.

“Shame on them for spoiling something they should take a pride in,” she said.

The village’s Street Pride team worked with the school on the project, which aimed to turn the shelter into a cheerful piece of street art, not just somewhere to hide from the rain.

A pottery teacher herself, Carol went into each class in the school a couple of times to help the children make their pieces, which she then fired in her own kiln.

She said: “I’d done a similar project many years ago with a school in Kent and I thought it would be fun to have one here.

“The children love getting their hands dirty and making things. They’re very pleased with what they’ve done.”