Regular readers will know that we have, during our walks around Carlisle, been collecting images of the ceramic tiles incorporated into the new flood defences.
The recording of each tile has proved to be a bit of a challenge, but also what each represents is also becoming part of the game.
One example of this was this tile featuring a red kettle on a white shirt.
This tile can be found in the Denton Holme area of the city.
Thanks to David Boyd and his team of Eden Graphics in Penrith, we now have an explanation as to this, and some of the other tiles.
David was one of the artists commissioned to design a series of plaques to decorate the flood wall as part of a riverside trail stretching from Holmehead Wier, Denton Holme to Botcherby Bridge, Warwick Road.
David designed 8 of the 40 plaques which can be seen on the flood walls in Carlisle.
Plaques, numbered on the leaflet that accompanies the trail, can be further understood using the following explanations:
12. A Kettle called Hope – Salvation Army – symbolises the red kettle fund and pays tribute to volunteers that cleaned people’s laundry for months after the flood!
13. From Above – Air Ambulance – symbolises the plasma bag with helicopter.
14. Daily Bread – United Churches – Provided much more than bread and water!
17. Flood Line – Careline – Telephone symbolises the lifeline to the organisation that helped the elderly and the 2 tones of wallpaper symbolises a rising water level.
18. A Long Day’s Night – The Fire Service – ‘Blue Watch’ returned to the fire station and as they took off their boots water started to enter the fire station! The pool of water represents the shape that the Rivers – Eden Peteril and Caldew made across Carlisle.
19. Off-shore – In-shore – The Coastguard – Life jacket over flood water.
20. Voice of the Flood – Radio Cumbria – Martin Plenderleith was BBC Radio Cumbria’s presenter at the time of the flood and was essential at getting messages out to friends and family when the phone lines went down.
21. The Morning After – The Environment Agency – This artwork was to commemorate the clean up work done by the Environment Agency and the on-going work they continue to do.
Each one of David Boyd’s plaque designs has a small symbolic drop of water symbolising the event from the first raindrop to the last teardrop.
Heritage and History – Flood defence artwork