TV stars back Morecambe’s ‘phantom painter’

A fishy tale? - Some of the fish that have appeared on the boardings at the former Frontierland site.
A fishy tale? - Some of the fish that have appeared on the boardings at the former Frontierland site.

PHIL Tufnell and The Nolan Sisters have become unlikely champions of the mysterious Morecambe ‘Banksy’.

The former England cricketer and the ‘70s girl group gave a televised thumbs up to the unknown artist who has been painting fish on Morecambe’s boarded-up former fairground.

The Visitor’s photo of the fishy artwork at Frontierland, from our September 18 edition, was shown on BBC1’s The One Show on Tuesday night.

Tufnell, now The One Show’s resident art expert, said: “There’s a big blue hoarding and someone is coming along overnight and painting schools of fish on it, but it’s a bit of a mystery.”

The Nolans, guests on the show, said they liked the mural.

Matt Baker, host of The One Show, then said: “The local paper is trying to find out who it is. I think it’s quite nice to have it there.”

Morecambe artist Shane Johnstone has appealed for the ‘phantom painter’ to come forward.

Mr Johnstone, who recently unveiled a portrait of Morecambe and Wise in Morecambe’s Winter Gardens theatre, wants to work alongside him or her on other artistic projects in the town.

The fishy mural was painted on the length of blue hoardings on the promenade outside the former Frontierland theme park, which closed in 2000.

Its creator has been compared to ‘Banksy’, the world’s most famous graffiti artist, whose identity has never been revealed.

A spokesman for Morrison’s, who own the site, said: “We are aware of the artwork and will not be taking any action at this time.”

To see the clip of the ‘Morecambe Banksy’ on The One Show, see HERE. The segment begins at around the 20-minute mark.