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Has a new Banksy mural been discovered in Stockport?

The new painting depicts a young boy flying a yellow kite

By Hollie Geraghty

Banksy mural is seen in Stockport
A possible Banksy mural has emerged in Stockport (Picture: provided)

A new piece of artwork has appeared on the wall of a Stockport pub, with locals suspecting it is the work of Banksy.

The mural was spotted yesterday (10 October) on the side of The Griffin Hotel in Heaton Mersey and locals believe it could a genuine piece of work from the anonymous street art icon.

It depicts a young boy in black and white, who is flying a yellow kite with a sad acid house style face.

One resident told the Manchester Evening News: “Some neighbours said that it was done professionally in the sense that it was done behind some screens.

“I think it was done in the early hours of this morning and people said they heard work taking place then.

“It looks like [a real Banksy]. As you can see from the photo, it’s quite well done.

“It’s not graffiti, let’s put it that way.”

The Griffin Hotel landlord Danny Chambers said he was unaware of the artwork until he arrived at the pub yesterday morning.

“It’s obviously a surprise! It had just appeared when I came back from the shops this morning,” he said.

“People have been talking about it and asking questions about it but I don’t know anything about it so I’ve not really had any answers. We’ve got our own artwork in the beer garden that we paid an artist for but the one out there is nothing to do with me.

The identity of the British street artist still remains anonymous after years of speculation.

In August, residents of the Suffolk town Lowestoft found that a recently painted Bansky work had been defaced.

The artwork, which showed a rat sitting in a deck chair, had been coated with white paint overnight.

On his Instagram Bansky claimed ownership of the series, titled ‘A Great British Spraycation’.

Other works appeared in East Anglian towns like Great Yarmouth, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Gorleston-on-Sea, Cromer and King’s Lynn.

In Great Yarmouth, the artist sprayed his name on a house at the Merrivale Model Village with the phrase “go big or go home”.

Another piece in King’s Lynn saw a statue of English inventor Frederick Savage given an ice cream and a pink tongue. While in Cromer, Hermit crabs were painted holding signs reading “luxury rentals only”.