Artist Andy lights up Shrewsbury's Flax Mill

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Here's Shrewsbury's historic Flax Mill as you've never seen it before – illuminated in a dazzling array of bright lights.

Shrewsbury artist Andy McKeown takes a stroll though his fractured light installation at Ditherington Flax Mill during the open days

Andy McKeown, a visual artist from Belle Vue, stands in the centre of his latest piece, called fracturedlight, during the Flax Mill's open weekend on Saturday and Sunday, which attracted a record number of visitors.

The display took up a 36 metre by nine metre space inside one of the buildings in the site and was one of the main attractions of the open weekend. About 2,500 people visited the Flax Mill as they took the opportunity to learn more about the redevelopment plans for the site.

Lisa Cowley, Friends of the Flax Mill manager, said: "Everyone is thrilled by the success and the feedback has been tremendously positive.

"It was particularly pleasing to see the wide age range and the large number of family groups coming along." Alan Mosley, chairman of the Friends of the Flax Mill, said: "It was a great success and we had a record number of visitors. There was over 1,000 on the Saturday and 1,500 on the Sunday. Our previous best for an open weekend was around 2,000."

He added that a decision on a multi-million pound bid for cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help pay for the redevelopment of the site is expected in the next couple of months.

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