Two murals removed in Mount Vernon

Two murals removed in Mount Vernon

Two infamous paramilitary murals in the loyalist Mount Vernon estate in north Belfast have been removed.

It comes as part of a community project aimed at transforming an area which was notorious as a UVF stronghold during the Troubles.The paramilitary paintings had been the backdrop to life for local residents for the past 15 years, but now they say they want to see the estate taking on a new image.Amanda Ash, who lives there, said: "It's about the future in Mount Vernon."It's time for change and we want to see the estate in a new light. This is a resident led approach to us changing the way our estate is portrayed to the outside world."Our children deserve a better future."The project follows three years of dialogue and ground-work.Its idea is not to replace the murals, but that instead a new feature will beam streams of light onto the flat. Work is expected to be completed in a few weeks.Meanwhile discussions about the future of the final paramilitary mural are continuing.

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