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Art for Beatles' Welsh connection

The Beatles mosaic
The Beatles' mosaic will be unveiled at Rhyl railway station later to mark the gig they played in Rhyl in their early musical days

They were the Fab Four who put Liverpool on the map - but a mosaic celebrating The Beatles is to be sited over the border in north Wales.

The vivid artwork in Rhyl is one of 12 that will form a mosaic trail between Denbighshire and Merseyside to celebrate links between the areas.

As well as John, Paul, George and Ringo, other pieces feature Vale of Clwyd figures HM Stanley and Ian Rush.

The trail, which will run from Rhyl to Liverpool, launches in January.

Artist Trisha Jones has worked with local schools, youth clubs and community groups on each mosaic over the last 18 months.

They will be positioned in Rhyl, Prestatyn, Denbigh, Ruthin, Corwen, Llangollen and Liverpool and all will feature an historical link between north east Wales and Merseyside.

The Beatles mosaic wasunveiled at Rhyl railway station to mark the time the band played in the town - a gig which Ms Jones said was one of their first in Wales.

H M Stanley The explorer - full name Henry Morton - was born in Denbigh in 1841 and fled a life of destitution to board a ship from Liverpool to America. Famously found David Livingstone
Resurgam submarine Victorian vessel was built at Birkenhead, Merseyside, in November 1879 but "took in water" off Rhyl a few months later
Vale of Clwyd evacuees During World War II, many evacuees from Liverpool were sent to live in north Wales, including the Vale of Clwyd
Ian Rush Liverpool football legend, born in St Asaph, Denbighshire
The Mimosa Sailed from Liverpool in 1865 with around 150 Welsh emigrants to Patagonia in South America, where a Welsh colony was formed

"We've done a lot of research and I have learnt so much about the links," said the artist.

"It's fascinating and it's good that the children we work with can learn about them too."

She said one of her favourite links is featured in the mosaic for Corwen, her home town.

"We had a look-out on a mountain in Corwen during World War II and local people used to climb up there and sit in the dark, because obviously there would have been a blackout.

"They would watch for German bombers as they would see them come over the mountain and over to Bala Lake. From there the planes would follow the River Dee up to Liverpool.

"But the people in Corwen would ring people in Liverpool to warn them the bombers were coming.

Broken crockery

"It's been said they saved many, many lives. By featuring this on the mosaic, the young children of Corwen have something to be rather proud about."

Ms Jones was approached to work on the project by Susan Dalloe, museums development officer at Denbighshire council.

The idea for the mosaic trail stemmed from the Liverpool Capital of Culture event in 2008 and was Denbighshire Heritage Services secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £24,000 .

"The children have really enjoyed learning a new skill and I teach them the principles of recycling too, as I use a lot of broken crockery," Ms Jones added.

All of the mosaics must be completed will be officially launched in January.

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