Race ace John is set to be immortalised by artists

History maker: John McGuinness in action
History maker: John McGuinness in action
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A Lancashire motorcycle ace can’t wait to be immortalised in a new tourist attraction.

John McGuinness is excited at plans for a giant collage in Morecambe, paying tribute to his exploits in the Isle of Man TT races.

John McGuinness

John McGuinness

The mural on the wall of a Morecambe barber shop is part of a project called ‘Victoria Press’.

Artists will tell the story of Morecambe’s history in a series of artworks on the walls of Victoria Street buildings.

The idea is to transform the look of the town centre and create a heritage attraction to pull people into Morecambe.

Images of John, known as ‘The Morecambe Missile’, will be etched on the side of Colin Brown’s hairdressers.

They will be drawn by London-based illustrator Ben Tallon. Organisers hope the mural will be a big draw for motorbike fans on their way to the Isle of Man for the annual TT race meeting.

The 23-times race winner said: “The designer has been round to my house with some ideas and it’s going to be really cool.

“It would be great if it could be done in time for the TTs next May.”

Elena Gifford of Deco Publique, co-ordinators of the project, said: “It’s really important to us that John likes it.

“He’s been really good at giving us advice and he’s been so supportive.

“He’s going to help us promote that area to the thousands of people who come to Morecambe.”

As part of the project, Morecambe artist Shane Johnstone is also working on a huge piece of artwork in the windows of the derelict St Laurence’s Church on Victoria Street about the old Morecambe fairground and illuminations.

Work will begin in the new year, weather permitting.