Updated: Jul 13, 2022 12:38 PM
Breaking barriers: The Clyde Best Wall Project is making progress on Clyde Best Lane in Somerset (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
A mural featuring former professional footballer Clyde Best which aims to inspire young Bermudian sportsmen and women to greatness is nearly finished.
A team of 20 artists united to paint the142ft by 9ft wall along Clyde Best Lane in Somerset, which the goal of completing it in time for Cup Match.
Barbara Dillas, artist and co-ordinator, told The Royal Gazette: “We wanted to design an internationally acclaimed community art wall that shows dignity, pride and unity in the local community – we want to inspire the youth in excellence and provide hope in the community.
From Bermuda to the world: Clyde Best’s journey through the ranks of professional fotball is shown in a mural on on Clyde Best Lane in Somerset (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
“I thought it would be good to honour Clyde Best and his legacy to help to inspire the young guys who are playing football.”
Ms Dillas, who retired as an art teacher from Sandys Middle School seven years ago, came up with the idea to paint the mural with Tinasha Johnson last April.
Portrait: Clyde Best in his West Ham United kit. (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Clyde’s clubs: This part of the mural at Clyde Best Lane shows the teams for whom Clyde Best played, the year in which he joined each club and the number of goals he scored. Shown at top is top English team West Ham United, the NASL’s Portland Timbers at right, for whom he scored 40 goals, and below it, legendary Dutch club Feyenoord. (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Clyde Best Lane is receiving a makeover from local artists. Pictured from left are artists Dawn Rochelle and Stuvan Outerbridge and Barbara Dillas, artist and coordinator (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)