original mural, 2005.
In 1968 the Town Hall needed a roof repairs, and it was felt by those in power that it was getting in the way of buses as well so it may as well be knocked down. 1968 was probably the age of the buses zenith, their numbers have been dwindling ever since.
I believe the diocese knocked down the original octagonal church because it was too small. Ever since congregations have shrunk and now the new church is about to be knocked down because it is too big and expensive to run and maintain.
I was very pleased with my original painting of the photo of the Town Hall (this photo wasn't very flattering), but what the new painting may have lost in subtlety I think its gained from being bigger (size matters in mural painting). I prefer the look of my new layout.
I'm very much enjoying getting the chance to repaint murals a decade or more later. It seems I'm a bit competitive with my younger self and find it very reassuring if I feel I do as well or better, (which to date has always been the case), but I'm guessing I'll be supremely demoralised if I do worse one day.