Mural of Blondie legend Debbie Harry unveiled in Altrincham town centre

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A stunning piece of street art depicting the lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry, has appeared in the centre of Altrincham.

Situated on The Causeway, the artwork features three portraits of the legendary American singer in red, white and blue.

Below the trio of Debbies is the line ‘Love’s gone behind’, a lyric from Blondie hit Heart of Glass, which was originally released in 1978.

The mural is the work of Liverpool-based street artist John Culshaw, who said: “Doing the Debbie Harry mural was an absolute pleasure. Her music is so memorable, and her face is just captivating – I only hope I did her justice.

Artist Jon Culshaw next to his Debbie Harry mural

“It’s my first time doing a piece like this in Altrincham, although I spend a lot of time in the town with family as my mum lives very close by in Timperley.

“There’s a growing street art scene in the area, which is something to be admired. Hopefully, it’ll raise a smile with local residents and perhaps inspire budding artists of all ages.”

Culshaw, 35, who lost an arm in a childhood accident, has enjoyed a growing reputation in the North West over the past couple of years after completing several eye-catching murals in both Manchester and Liverpool.

James Maguire, founder and director of Maguire Family Law, which commissioned the piece, said: “Having recently moved into our Altrincham office, we knew we wanted do something special to the rear of the property to brighten up The Causeway aspect.

Watch the mural in progress

“We’ve admired John’s work for some time, and he seemed like the perfect person for the job.

“The only question was who we should have a mural of, but after some lively debate, Debbie was a clear frontrunner.

“Not only is she a musical icon, but she also has such an interesting personal story, from being adopted at three months old and surviving a childhood coma caused by pneumonia, to working for the BBC later in life and hanging out with pop artist Andy Warhol – she has such a vibrant spirit.”

The divorce and family law firm is currently relocating its head office to Altrincham from Wilmslow.

The firm acquired the new 2,689 sq ft base, 58 Stamford New Road, for £505,000 and has invested a further £275,000 to restore the Edwardian building to its former glory.

Maguire Family Law has invested £275,000 into its new Stamford New Road headquarters

An eight-strong team will be working from the new head office, with the rest of the firm’s staff working out of its Wilmslow and Knutsford premises.

Maguire added: “This investment and expansion reinforces our intention to be one of the leading family law firms in the region. Plus, with a wealth of experience and expertise, our committed and compassionate team are here to help our clients on their journey to day one of their new life.”

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