Woman astounded after waking up to find huge mural painted on side of home


A woman was left stunned when she woke up to find a huge mural painted on the side of her house – that she had absolutely no idea about.

Nicki Hadley was sound asleep when prolific Manchester graffiti artist Mr Eggs created the massive spray paint design on the outside of her Hyde home earlier this month.

Luckily for the Salford-based artist, Nickie fell in love with the piece, which is inspired by a campaign to protect nearby Godley Green from development.

The 50-year-old told Manchester Evening News: “I woke up in the morning and two neighbors were stood outside.

“I went to the front window, they waved and said ‘we love it’.

“I came out and it was there.”

The artwork features a ‘save our green belt’ banner being carried by an aircraft, and a young boy underneath with a pile of bricks.

Standing at the corner of Werneth Avenue and Mottram Old Road, it certainly catches the eye of passers-by, yet Nickie had no idea what was happening while Mr Eggs was at work.

She joked: “It’s always easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission!

“I’m in the Save Tameside Greenbelt group on Facebook and when I first joined I made a comment that I have a gable end and if anybody has a poster they were welcome to put it up. I don’t know if that’s where the idea came from.

The artwork is inspired by battle to save the area from development.
The artwork is inspired by battle to save the area from development.

“I’ve been in contact with Mr Eggs on Instagram and said it’s a brilliant piece of artwork.”

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As Nickie spoke to the Manchester Evening News outside her home, a couple walking their dalmatian stopped to say hello and asked about the mural.

It was the type of response Nickie welcomes, as one of the thousands of locals who are battling against Tameside Council’s vision for a garden village with more than 2,000 homes at Godley Green.

She said: “It’s amazing, I love it. It opens people’s eyes to the cause.

“A lot of people still don’t know about it, but if people drive or walk past and see it, it gets them talking. That’s the most important thing.

“Kids walk past on their way to school and some have been taking pics of it, so I assume they are sharing it on Instagram too.”

Having previously lived in London for a time, Nickie moved back to Hyde 14 years ago and has no intention of living elsewhere again.

The Tameside town is nestled in surrounded by stunning countryside, and Nickie regularly sees badgers, foxes, deer and peregrine falcons in the area.

Campaigners against the Godley Green development fear a loss of wildlife in the community, and Tameside Council has received more than 3,200 objections to a planning application for the scheme.

“I lost my nan recently – she was 87,” said Nickie.

“She only ever lived here and never wanted to live anywhere else because it’s such a beautiful place.

“My boyfriend lives in London and he can’t wait to move up here – he’s looking for jobs at the moment. He loves it, he goes out for walks for hours at a time.”

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Tameside Council leaders say the garden village will be a sustainable development of ‘great quality and design’, with infrastructure and green space included.

They also insist there is nowhere else in the borough that the project could be built in order for Tameside to meet its requirement of new homes.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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