Artist and illustrator launches Castle Quarter area map on Bedford’s Embankment

Karen Fryc with Alasdair Bright and the new Castle Quarter sign.
Karen Fryc with Alasdair Bright and the new Castle Quarter sign.

Bedford’s Embankment has a new addition – the official Castle Quarter Area Map has been installed next to the historic Suspension Bridge.

The map is an official recognition of the Castle Quarter area and also a work of art, having been designed and drawn by Castle Quarter illustrator and artist Alasdair Bright.

The project was started 18 months ago by business owner Karen Fryc who wanted to see the Castle Quarter area not only recognised as a designated area within Bedford, but also as a tourist destination.

Karen and Alasdair, pictured, have worked on the project together.

Karen said: “It has been a very long journey to get the sign put it, but seeing it here today has made that journey so worthwhile. There have been many twists and turns in the road to arrive at this point, but now that the sign is finally in its rightful place, I couldn’t be happier.”

Alasdair said: “When Karen first approached me with the project I knew I wanted to get involved. It was such a fantastic idea and being a local resident as well, I couldn’t wait to get started. My map is meant to not only show people all the great things to see within the Castle Quarter area, but to do this in a piece of unique public art.”

The map is not only factual but also contains many of Alasdair’s signature quirky and fun depictions of everyday life within the Castle Quarter. It shows the area in its true spirit as historic, individual, full of life and above all, distinctive.

Karen and Alasdair would like to thank the councillors who backed the project as well as Andrew Prigmore, highway asset manager at Bedford Borough Council.

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