Times letters: Wembley Way murals

PUBLISHED: 08:30 23 February 2020

The murals along Wembley Way. Picture: ANDRE LANGLOIS

The murals along Wembley Way. Picture: ANDRE LANGLOIS


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Times’ readers this week.

Philip Grant, Kingsbury, full address supplied, writes:

I was happy to be present when Brent's mayor opened the display of three tile murals in Olympic Way last month, as part of London Borough of Culture 2020.

These mural scenes will only be on show until February 24, before being covered over with adverts again, so I would urge your readers to go and see them while they can.

The large and colourful murals show sports played at Wembley Stadium and Arena.

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The first NFL game here was in 1983, but there was an American Football match at Wembley during the Second World War.

The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final has been played at the stadium since 1929, and the Wembley Lions played Ice Hockey at the "Empire Pool" from 1934 to 1968.

Wembley History Society first called on Brent Council and Quintain to put all of the Bobby Moore Bridge tile murals back on public display in April 2018 (Times, April 30, 2018).

Both of them now acknowledge the importance of the murals, which were specially commissioned as a public artwork in 1993.

In publicising the reveal by the mayor, Brent said that 'the tiles ... are part of Brent's rich heritage.' A Quintain spokesman at the reveal event said 'the iconic cultural and sporting events at Wembley are celebrated in these heritage murals behind us.'

Can the council and Quintain explain why these murals will be covered up again after only five weeks? Why won't residents, and visitors to Wembley Park, be able to see them for the whole of Brent's Borough of Culture year?

For that matter, why can't all of the tile murals, celebrating Wembley's great sports and entertainment heritage, be put back on permanent public display?

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