Unique painting marks Batley's proud history

Unique painting marks Batley's proud history

THE BATLEY Independent Supporters’ Squadbuilder Association (BISSA) are unveiling a painting celebrating the 120-year history of Batley Bulldogs.

The event will take place in the Ron Earnshaw Lounge this Sunday after the Bulldogs’ top-of-the-Championship clash with Bradford Bulls.

The painting, titled ‘Mount Pleasant Mind View’ (pictured left), was produced by Bradford artist Frank Hiley.

His work offers a unique look at the historic Mount Pleasant ground, which also features at least one player from every decade of the club’s existence, including the likes of Jeff Grayshon, Barry Eaton and more recently Jonny Campbell.

Officials from both clubs will be at the unveiling after the game, including Batley chairman Kevin Nicholas.

The spectacle, devised by BISSA members Colin Bottomley and Andrew McVeigh, took six months to organise as Hiley perfected his work using numerous pictures of the famous ground and players.

BISSA plan to sell off prints of the painting to raise funds for the Bulldogs.

Batley Art Gallery has also expressed interest in loaning the painting from Batley Bulldogs for the wider public to view in the coming months.

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