City’s Brexit views captured by BBC 5 Live

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The “eye opening” views of Peterborough residents after the Brexit vote have been captured in a new mural created by BBC Radio 5 live.

The talk radio station presented its Afternoon Edition programme from Peterborough all last week to talk to city residents about what Britain means to them following the EU referendum last June.

And following the on-air discussions a mural was painted inside Serpentine Green by members of the public who helped paint it with the Positive Arts group.

It was unveiled on Monday and will remain permanently in the shopping centre.

Editor of Radio 5 live Afternoon Edition, Tracy Williams, said: ‘The idea behind this unique project is that the mural and the discussions will provide a real, honest picture of Britain today and also capture a snapshot of how Peterborough residents feel post-Brexit.

“We chose Peterborough because of its history of high EU immigration and the strong vote for Brexit in the referendum.

“We have chosen group members from various ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds and the results from the discussions have been eye opening to say the least.

“It demonstrates that, certainly according to the residents of Peterborough, Britain is divided.”

Among those interviewed was a woman called Samantha. Discussing the NHS, she said: “It makes me wonder if we hadn’t had such a sudden rush of immigration could we have survived better? If you ring up your doctors you can’t get in for two weeks.”

A Lithuanian woman called Judita said that even though she feels immigrants do the best they can for the British economy, she no longer feels welcome since the Brexit decision.

Watch a time-lapse video of the mural being created here.