First Minister Peter Robinson was today due to unveil a mural in tribute to the late PUP leader David Ervine.
The mural is part of a project by Groundwork which has been working alongside young people from The Base (Inner East Project) and Beechfield Primary School as well as local residents and other community groups along the Albertbridge Road area of east Belfast over the past 18 months in the development of proposals to regenerate a small area of land beside Montrose Street South.
As part of this process the groups and young people have been working alongside renowned artist Ross Wilson to produce a bronze sculpture that will represent the industrial and cultural heritage of east Belfast.
The sculpture will be entitled the ‘memory chair’ and will act as a reminder of things from this area from the past. One item that will be located on the memory chair is a pipe representing the late David Ervine. Other items will include a ticket from the ill-fated Titanic journey, toys and medals.
Another aspect of the scheme will be the erection of a new mural, also by Ross Wilson, of the late David Ervine who represented the community.
This is the first project in Belfast to celebrate the life of a local politician in this way.
This will be a high profile project that it is hoped will attract cross sections from all across the political spectrum and communities of Belfast. Local MP, MLA and First Minister Peter Robinson will be officially unveiling the new sculpture and mural along with David Ervine’s wife and local school children.
Other speakers at the event will include Dawn Purvis MLA, Brian Ervine, the late David Ervine’s brother, a representative from Belfast City Council and Richard Williamson from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.