VOLUNTEERS of all ages have painted a floral mural on a wall in Fishburn as part of their efforts to brighten up the village.

Fishburn in Bloom is an inter-generational project funded by One NorthEast and Age Concern County Durham.

The project involves older volunteers working alongside children from Fishburn Primary School to enter the village into the Northumbria in Bloom competition, being judged in the summer.

The groups are working together on designs for the village and the youngsters have entered a painting competition to go towards a horticultural calendar.

As part of the project, the volunteers designed a mural for a wall behind the John Reagan Memorial seat, at the Butterwick Road crossroads.

The mural consists of a floral design to create the impression of summer flowers all-year-round.

Programme worker Marianne Patterson said: "This project epitomises the spirit of Age Concern Durham County's inter-generational programme.

"It aims to bridge generational divides by bringing older and younger people together in a positive sharing of skills, experience and friendship.

"In this case it is a joint effort between the generations to actively improve their local environment."

For details telephone Marianne Patterson on 0191-386 3856.