Looks like the mysterious street artist Banksy has struck again and this time it’s in Blackpool.
A piece of graffiti-style artwork suddenly appeared on the side of a house in the northern seaside town and led locals to assume the anonymous artist was behind it.
The artwork, in the unique style of Banksy’s work, shows a spray-painted little boy holding a yellow umbrella – and although the artist has yet to confirm it is his work, it does didn’t stop locals from speculating.
One took to Twitter to say: ‘New Banksy in Blackpool for all the #readingfc fans who love his work and are going next Saturday’, while another pointed out: ‘Is it really a Banksy in Milbourne Street?”
LADbible has contacted Banksy representatives for verification.
Although many have remained hopeful that the Bristol-based artist visited Blackpool, it appears to be too good to be true, as Blackpool artist and youth worker Brendan Bunting has claimed it was not the case.
Addressing the Blackpool Gazettehe said: “It’s fantastic to see more street art in Blackpool, but sadly it’s not a Banksy.
“I was lucky enough to see an exhibition of Banksy’s work in Bristol many years ago. And I too found his work inspiring.
“It’s great to see local residents asking an artist to decorate the exterior of their accommodation. What I suspect happened here.”
He added: “I hope we can see the return of Robin Ross’ Blackpool street art festival ‘Sand Sea and Spray’ as it has boosted tourism and the economy in Blackpool.”
The recent artwork actually looks like a mural that appeared on the side of a Stockport pub, showing a spray-painted young boy holding a yellow kite – but Banksy confirmed that this artwork was not his, according to ITV News.
William Gannon worked as a community artist for 40 years while working in places similar to the iconic figure.
Earlier this year he was selected to serve the Pembroke Dock community for Pembrokeshire Council. But after being harassed by rumors that he was Banksy, he chose to resign from his post.
In his resignation letter, Gannon wrote: “As you may be aware, an allegation has been repeatedly made that I am not who I claim to be, but that I am artist Banksy.
“This allegation compromises my ability to properly do the job of counsel and council representative.
‘Therefore, I have decided to resign as Councilor and Council Representative at the Port with immediate effect.’