New Mills’ Lockdown ‘rock snake’, Charles, is finally cemented into place.

The installation – featuring stones painted with everything from NHS tributes to rainbows, ladybirds and bees – was started in March when lockdown began, by local 6 year old Charlie Wild’s placing the painted head of a snake at the top of the path.

However Charlie’s colourful art display quickly grew in size as more and more locals noticed the head he had painted – with signs placed nearby asking others to decorate and place a rock of their own.

Charles will now remain alongside the walkway (known locally as the zig zag path) between St Georges Road and New Mills Leisure Centre for years to come. Thank you to the volunteers who together gave over 150 hours of their own time to place over 1800 stones in the 400 foot long snake.

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