A huge homemade rainbow mural has been created by a family in Old Town.

Sisters Ava,10, and Poppy, 8, decided to paint a temporary wall in their home on Bowood Road and dedicate it to frontline medical staff following the clap for the NHS event last week.

The kitchen diner mural features a rainbow which has become synonymous with children stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis, as well as a message of ‘in it together’ that has been the mantra of the country in recent weeks.

Mum Harriett Notton-Barrett, 31,said: “The temporary wall just looked miserable so we thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to do something with it.

“We’ve done some rainbow art for the windows and after the clap, the NHS was very much on their mind.

“They started sketching on Friday, that took all day, and they had it finished by Saturday.

“This is a big thing and we are all in it together. You need to stay at home.”

Ava and Poppy were the masterminds behind the idea and design with little sister Halle, three, keeping out of the way.

The girls spent hours in oversized shirts painting the wall at the back of their house.

Their mum said: “I’ve been telling the girls that we will get through this, we won’t be at home forever.

“And the finished product looks really good, it really adds some brightness to the house.

“Well, not just in the house but to everyone else who has seen it too.”

The progress of the mural was documented on the family Whatsapp group were relatives watched the girls’ project slowly come to life.

“It was fun to see it come together, especially with the family, everyone couldn’t wait to see it,” Harriett said: “Luckily we keep a stash of arts and crafts in the house so we already had the wall and we had all of the paint.

“We decided to make the balloon and words the blue and white colours of the NHS.”

Rather than using paint, the wording in the mural was actually written using Tipp-Ex and was done by Harriett.

The wall is due to come down once work on the family’s home extension can resume.

Harriett added: “It’s a metaphor really. There’s this barrier which is going to be smashed at the end of this.

“It’s the light at the end of the tunnel and it gives the girls something to look forward to doing when this is all over.

“We will smash that wall down and begin our new life.”