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Framlingham mural shows links to Dr Pepper, Ed Sheeran and BBC show Detectorists

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Dr Pepper, a BBC show and a nod to Ed Sheeran are just some of the things to find on a new mural that has got everyone talking in Framlingham.

The striking artwork is the brainchild of Gary Seaman, owner of 221B, an artisan bakery and bistro in Bridge Street.

Having taken inspiration for his business from French cafe culture, Mr Seaman had been itching to do something to brighten up the outside wall of his premises.

Gary Seaman with the mural that is on the wall of his artisan bakery and bistro. Picture by Mecha Morton
Gary Seaman with the mural that is on the wall of his artisan bakery and bistro. Picture by Mecha Morton

The businessman said: “With the French being big on graffiti, we wanted to create something that was decorative, while showing off Framlingham at the same time.”

For years, the idea was kept on ice ... until lockdown struck. This was the chance Mr Seaman and his son Ash had been waiting for, and they decided to put their spare time to good use and do something with the blank canvas.

The pair turned to local artist Verity Watkins, who set about creating a mural dedicated to the town and the people who live there.

It took her six weeks to finish the project, but not before she had added a series of subtle town connections and references that some people may have been unaware of.

There is one to the BBC comedy Detectorists, which was filmed in and around the town, and another to Charles Alderton, who invented the classic Dr Pepper drink in 1880 and was a student at Framlingham College.

“We wanted a nod to Ed Sheeran (pictured) with the guitar, as well as highlighting the college and the castle,” explained Mr Seaman.

“We are also a main cycling route and famous for our ducks wandering around, which used to be a nightmare when I first bought the bakery back in 1989, as they used to run off with bits and pieces when we loaded up the vans.

“The mural has got lots of people coming to see it. It has really brightened up the place and is so different. I think it is great.”

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