Woman wakes up to discover huge mural painted on the side of her house


When a huge mural of a prolific Greater Manchester graffiti artist appeared on the side of her house, Nickie Hadley knew nothing about it.

The 50-year-old, from Hyde, had been fast asleep as Mr Eggs went to work on his creation earlier this month, inspired by the campaign to protect nearby Godley Green from development.

Fortunately for the Salford artist, Nickie fell for him.

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she told the Manchester Evening News : “I woke up in the morning and two neighbors were standing outside.

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

“I went out and it was there.”

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

The artwork features a ‘save our green belt’ banner being carried by an airplane, and a boy below with a stack of bricks.

Standing on the corner of Werneth Avenue and Mottram Old Road, it certainly draws the attention of passers-by, but Nickie had no idea what was going on while Mr. Eggs was at work.

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

“I’m in the Save Tameside Greenbelt group on Facebook and when I first joined I mentioned that I have a gable and if anyone has a poster they can hang it. I don’t know if that’s where the idea came from.

“I’ve contacted Mr Eggs on Instagram and said it’s a brilliant piece of art.”

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As Nickie talked to him Manchester Evening News Outside her home, a couple walking their Dalmatian stopped to say hello and asked about the mural.

It was the kind of response Nickie welcomes, as one of thousands of locals fighting Tameside Council’s vision of a garden village with over 2,000 homes in Godley Green.

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

“A lot of people don’t know it yet, but if people drive by or walk by and see it, they start talking. That’s the most important thing.”

“Kids pass by on their way to school and some have been taking photos so I’m assuming they’re sharing it on Instagram as well.”

Having previously lived in London for a while, Nickie moved to Hyde 14 years ago and has no intention of living anywhere else again.

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

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

“I lost my grandmother recently, she was 87 years old,” Nickie said.

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

“My boyfriend lives in London and can’t wait to move here. He’s looking for a job right now. He loves it, he walks for hours.”

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

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They also insist that there is nowhere else in the district where the project can be built for Tameside to meet its requirement for 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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