Hi-de-Hi! Harwich adopts 'cheeky' Bryan Rowland murals

Cheeky mural in Harwich
Image caption When artist Bryan Rowland measured the windows he discovered they were in the same proportions as a traditional postcard
Punch and Judy mural in Harwich
Image caption The images were inspired by traditional seaside entertainment and humorous saucy postcards of the 1930s
Cheeky mural in Harwich
Image caption Bryan Rowland's 'cheeky' murals are "completely fitting" for the seaside town, said a spokesperson from Harwich Connexion, the community charity that commissioned them

The Essex seaside home of the 1980s TV sitcom Hi-de-Hi! has a new tourist attraction - a series of five 'cheeky' murals on an outbuilding.

The paintings, by artist Bryan Rowland, replace the security boards which had been in place at Harwich's former fire station kitchen.

Mr Rowland said the risque murals were inspired by vintage seaside postcards.

Commissioned by Harwich Connexions, a community charity, it hopes the images will add "colour and fun" to the area.

Debbie Rotchell, the group's executive co-ordinator, said the pictures, featuring buxom ladies and larger gentlemen, may seem "slightly controversial", but were "completely fitting with the area and are perfect for this building".

The outhouse, on Wellington Road, is part of Harwich Connexions 1912 Centre housed in the nearby former fire station but which is now a group visitor hostel.

Hi-de-Hi!, which was set in a fictitious holiday camp called Maplins, was filmed close to the former fire station in Dovercourt.

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