Flying Scotsman mural for Galashiels town centre

SBSR Chris Rutterford at his Bannockburn mural. He plans one for the Gala visit of the Flying Scotsman
SBSR Chris Rutterford at his Bannockburn mural. He plans one for the Gala visit of the Flying Scotsman

Renowned Scottish muralist Christopher Rutterford, will celebrate the arrival on May 15 of the iconic locomotive the Flying Scotsman to Galashiels, with a mural which will become a permanent fixture in the town.

Featuring an atmospheric image of the train, the mural will initially arrive in a live onsite painting over May 13-15.

The mural will feature a vibrant and fun Victorian period crowd scene made up of participants from the Galashiels and Borders community.

Chris specialises in epic large scale crowd murals often with a historic theme. He has a number of murals displayed round Scotland including a centrepiece at the Bannockburn Heritage Museum and a prominent Edinburgh city centre Mural factory. This is his first Borders project.

Residents and visiting enthusiasts will be added to this brand new artwork for a modest financial contribution to fund the production and finishing of the project.

It is planned that, subject to all required approvals, the mural will be mounted on the gable end of Douglas Bridge, adjoining the brand new Grapevine restaurant and café. 

Artist Chris said this week: “It was a real honour to be asked to support the ongoing improvements to Galashiels town centre. I am convinced this new project can help in the town’s journey towards regeneration.”