A DULL concrete block house has been given a make over by youngsters during the summer holidays.

Volunteers from Teen Talk took on the project to brighten up the building in Cliff Park, Dovercourt by painting on a new mural.

Tendring Council’s open spaces manager Trevor Mills asked the youngsters to get involved as part of the community element of the Green Flag awards, which the park was awarded earlier this year.

The council prepared the building and provided the paints then the group spent up to six hours each week painting the colourful designs showcasing Dovercourt.

Tia Fensom, 16, one of the youngsters who carried out the painting, said it had been “awesome” working on the project.

She said: “It looked huge when we first started, but it came together quite quickly and looks great now.

“My parents were pleased as it got me out of the house and it’s been the most fun part of my summer holidays.”

Julie Hewitt, senior support worker at Harwich Teen Talk, said everyone had enjoyed being involved in the project.

She added: “Our young people really wanted to get involved in doing something for their community and put a lot of time and effort in.

“Teen Talk really appreciates how trustworthy our volunteers were – they came down to the park and got on with no messing about, so a big thank you and well done from our team.”

Michael Talbot, the council's environment boss, praised the efforts of Harwich Teen Talk.

He said: “These murals are really eye-catching and will hopefully help to draw people into the wonderful park we have in Dovercourt.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in the project for their hard work and professionalism.”