Putting pirates in the picture

Release Date: 9 September 2016

Ahoy mateys, D&A College construction students aim to cut a cutlass-sized swathe in the fight against cancer as they grapple with Arbroath’s Relay for Life in pirate style.

Pirate mural article
D&A College art student Brian Aitken shows off the mural he designed to Silver Wellies pair Jenny Somerville and Lisa Jack.

The students are supporting the Silver Wellies Relay for Life team and taking part in a 24-hour relay around Arbroath United Cricket Club’s pitch in September for Cancer Research UK.

The theme of this year’s event is film and the D&A College team have opted for Pirates of the Caribbean.

In preparation for the event the pirates hooked up with local primary schools who helped design a buccaneer-themed mural.

Pupils who visited D&A College Arbroath Campus, for taster sessions, were asked to contribute to the mural by drawing their idea of pirate treasure.

Arbroath resident Brian Aitken, who was on the HNC art and design programme, incorporated the pupils’ ideas into a mural.

The finished design includes images of a pirate ship and beach scene and is currently in the joinery workshop at the college’s Keptie Road complex.

The 8ft by 8ft artwork has proved a treasure trove of ideas for the college team who are taking part in the relay.

“Some of us have been so inspired by the mural that we have chosen to dress as pirates for the relay,” reported Steve Rennie, construction lecturer.