Play your bowls right

Bruce Forsyth is among the Edmonton locals now immortalised on the side of the 116-year-old Pymmes Park Bowls Club

Bruce Forsyth is among the Edmonton locals now immortalised on the side of the 116-year-old Pymmes Park Bowls Club (credit Duncan Wright)
The 34Bus mural at Pymmes Park Bowls Club (credit Duncan Wright)

Visitors to Pymmes Park have been immortalised in a new artwork – alongside famous former Edmonton resident Bruce Forsyth.

The new mural on the side of Pymmes Park Bowls Club, Rolling On, celebrates the club’s bowlers as well as the many characters who visit the park.

The artwork was created by The 34Bus Collective, an art group formed by students from the London School of Muralism, after they won funding via Enfield Council’s ‘Stories of Enfield’ culture programme launched last year.

Liv Wright, from 34Bus, was previously involved with another mural project at Pymmes Park Visitor Centre, which won widespread acclaim. Liv told the Dispatch: “I was working on the other mural in Pymmes Park when I found out there was a bowls club there. But it was down an alleyway and it was locked, it all felt very weird.

“The club is an interesting space with a history to it, but like many bowls clubs it is struggling for new members and many people don’t even know it is there.

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“We wanted to create something to show people it is there. We worked with community groups and invited local residents to get involved with our design sessions.

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“We decided to paint people who had a connection to the park.”

Bruce Forsyth grew up in Victoria Road, which faces the eastern side of Pymmes Park. Another famous face, Only Fools and Horses actor David Jason, was born at nearby North Middlesex Hospital and is also included in the mural.

A plaque has been added which allows people to scan a QR code, linking to an oral history of some of the people featured, to help tell their personal stories.

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