Internationally-acclaimed artist Angela Smyth has created a spectacular new artwork to encourage visitors to seek out the hidden treasures of Todmorden and surrounding towns.
The giant ten foot map, painted in the West Yorkshire artist’s trademark quirky and humorous style, captures the character and charm of the South Pennines – an area of rich and rugged moorland, spectacular hills and colourful towns, straddling the West Yorkshire/Lancashire border.
It features many locally-cherished landmarks and traditions, including the Festival of Beer, marina, the longest continual incline in England, Centre Vale Park and Incredible Edible. The original artwork is being made into a series of enormous canvases and foldable, A1 maps for use in tourist information centres around the region.
Rebecca Yorke, Pennine Prospects’ local distinctiveness co-ordinator said: “The South Pennines contains some of the most individual, artistic and quirky places you’re likely to find anywhere in the UK, including Todmorden and surrounding areas. We’re looking forward to rolling the map out across the region’s information centres, so that thousands of visitors can draw inspiration from it, and seek out some of the area’s rich treasures.”