Echoes of the past: Mural mystery solved

Rastrick High School students who created the Rest Centre mural Michael Rollins, Robert Joyce, Lndsay Whiteley and Sarah Laycock
Rastrick High School students who created the Rest Centre mural Michael Rollins, Robert Joyce, Lndsay Whiteley and Sarah Laycock

I was copied in, via Facebook, on an article in last week’s Brighouse Echo by Chris Helme regarding a mural painted by students for Brighouse Rest Home (see attached).

Mr Helme wonders where the students are and whether they have visited the mural since. Well, I am one of those students (Michael Rollins) and I am currently in touch with Lindsay Whiteley (now Haycock) on Facebook. Though we have not been in contact with the remaining people since schooldays, we are trying to contact them to organise a reunion and, perhaps, recreate the photo in your newspaper.

Mr Helme’s research was correct in that I did my degree at Birmingham Polytechnic and gained a BA (Hons) in Theatre Design. Since then I’ve designed sets and graphics for visitor attractions and exhibitions, such as the Jorvik Viking Centre and Madame Tussauds. I live in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and I am now, funnily, wanting to concentrate my efforts into fine art and embarking on a career as a painter and tutor.

Lindsay Haycock lives in Meltham and after also taking an initial design route, now works in and owns, with her husband, a grocery store. She has recently completed a garden design course and embarked on a career as a garden designer, showing at RHS Tatton Park this summer.

I do hope that you and your readers would be interested in following up on this story. I am amazed, and pleased, myself that the mural still exists and I am looking forward to catching up with some old school friends as a result.

Kind regards,

Mike Rollins