Regular visitors to the Everyone Active Hand Stadium and Gym over the last few month will have seen a dramatic mural taking shape on the outside wall of the Stadium.

The mural represents almost 150 years of the club including a hint to the future, and honours the role of the Hand family, HG, AW  and Doug after whom the stadium was named.

The Seasiders are now set to officially unveil the colourful artwork at the home game against Barnstaple Town on Saturday when current members of the Hand family will officially declare the mural complete.

Project Coordinator Clive Gross said: “The mural came about after the club was successful in its bid for an £8,000 grant under the UK Shared Prosperity Grants Programme through North Somerset Council. At an early stage we decided to work with mural artist Damien Jeffrey, who is already well known for his work around Clevedon and knows the town. We co-designed the work with him and even managed to incorporate his trademark green steam engine as the WC&P Railway ran alongside our old Teignmouth Road ground!”

Damen Jeffery said: “It’s been incredible working with the club and the local community to design this mural and celebrate an amazing 150 years of Clevedon Town FC. So many people have stopped to share their memories of the club, ask about the project and even offer to help which has been greatly appreciated with all the rain we’ve had to battle.”

The project also involved working in partnership with Clevedon YMCA, through drop-in sessions at their after school club and helping on site as the mural took shape.

As part of the project and through its partnership with Discover Clevedon, the club worked with Clevedon BID to create its own History Boards at the Stadium to integrate the stadium into Clevedon as a whole and the existing Clevedon History Trail boards located around the town.

There is also a free “Pocket Guide” linking in the various sections of the mural to the club’s history and much of the original photos and trophies that visitors to the stadium can see displayed in the club bar. Everyone coming to the launch event will receive a copy, and they can also be found in a variety of shops, venues and cafes around Clevedon.

The club has also linked up with a group of final year sports media students from Boom Satsuma, the specialist education provider for creative industries based at Ashton Gate Stadium. The group will be making a documentary about the mural, the characters it features and the club’s history within the town and will be filming and carrying out interviews at the Barnstaple game – so if you have a story to tell about the club, come and find them!

As part of Saturday’s launch, the club are offering mural tours between 12-2pm before the Barnstaple game with the opportunity to talk to Clive Gross, club historian Paul Davis and Damen Jeffrey. Paul Davis said, “We look forward to telling the story of the mural and how it has brought the club’s history alive.”

Doug’s Hand’s eldest son Graham speaking on behalf of the family said “We are all very much looking forward to meeting up for the pre-match unveiling ceremony of this splendid mural. It is a very special day for us to see the lifelong contributions of Herbert, Bill and Douglas marked in this way.”