A LOCAL sculptor has been chosen to create New Brighton’s new Mermaid Trail. Barry Canning-Eaton, who lives in Wallasey, will design and create the six statues, five of which will be decorated by local artists, schools and community groups. Barry sculpted the ‘Spirit of Liverpool’ statue that currently stands in Central Station, Liverpool, following his commission by artist and designer of the statue Rick Myers. The Mermaid Trail, which takes its inspiration from the ‘Black Rock Mermaid’, who was said to have appeared to a local sailor in New Brighton in the 18th century, will feature a series of six mermaid statues right across the resort. A competition will be launched soon for local groups to decorate the statues. Barry Canning-Eaton said: ‘I am really pleased to have been commissioned, particularly as this art trail will be on my doorstep. I am really looking forward to creating the Mermaids and working with New Brighton Coastal Community Team.’ Cllr Tony Jones, Wirral Council’s Pledge Champion for ‘building a vibrant tourism economy’ and Chair of the New Brighton Coastal Community Team (NBCCT), said: ‘We are thrilled to have commissioned such a talented artist to bring to life a unique piece of New Brighton’s history.’ The project is moving forward thanks to a successful bid for funding by New Brighton Coastal Community Team to the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund, a grant scheme set up by DONG Energy to benefit voluntary groups and organisations located near to the coastline where it is carrying out the extension to the offshore wind farm. It is anticipated that the sculptures will be installed ready for visitors in the late spring of 2017.