Follow the footsteps to discover town’s past

Graham Callister from Northamptonshire County Council with Wellingborough Council's deputy leader Barry Graves, Cllr Peter Morrall and Cllr John Bailey, who is also chairman of the county council
Graham Callister from Northamptonshire County Council with Wellingborough Council's deputy leader Barry Graves, Cllr Peter Morrall and Cllr John Bailey, who is also chairman of the county council
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People will be able to learn about the history of Wellingborough’s past in the county’s boot and shoe trade by tracing trails of colourful footsteps around the town.

The colourful footsteps put in place over the bank holiday weekend were inspired by dance mats and use footprints, handprints, text bubbles and other graphics.

The project has been commissioned as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad’s Global Footprint project, a Northamptonshire County Council initiative to celebrate the county’s boot and shoe industry.

The Foot Steps installation in Wellingborough has been funded primarily through the Arts Council.

It has been designed by award-winning theatre company Stan’s Cafe.

The indoor footprints have been created with vinyl prints, while the outdoor trails have been created using hard-wearing temporary paint.

Deputy leader of Wellingborough Council Barry Graves said: “I hope people will learn some new things.”

County council cultural, planning and policy manager Graham Callister said: “It’s trying to be something that’s inventive, that uses the arts to represent the county’s heritage in a new light and to try and engage new audiences with the county’s boot and shoe industry.”

Vince Genus, 38, of Gold Street, Wellingborough, said he had noticed the new trails in the Swansgate Shopping Centre.

He said: “It stood out to me. It is brightly coloured, I think kids might be interested.”