Has Banksy been to this boozer? Beer-toting figure appears on abandoned Grimsby pub overnight sparking locals to suggest elusive artist has been in town
- Outline of man holding beer bottle was spotten on Albion pub in Grimsby today
- Pub has been closed for eight years and has earned the title of ‘pub from hell’
- Is not known who created the artwork but local’s have hoped it is a Banksy piece
Speculation is mounting over whether a mysterious piece of artwork that apparently appeared on the front of a pub overnight could have been made by Banksy.
The outline of a figure with a bottle of beer in his hand has been drawn in the doorway of the Albion pub on Cleethorpe Road, in Grimbsy.
Susan Chesman spotted the graffiti at around 4.30am today and said she had to take a double look to check what she’d seen.
A figure of a man holding a beer bottle has appeared on The Albion pub in Grimsby
Ms Chesman said: ‘I had to turn my car around and go have another look. I thought this could be a Banksy – or maybe a local artist.
‘It wasn’t there yesterday not that I can remember. It must have been done overnight. I’m hoping it is the real thing.’
The Albion closed its doors eight years ago. It is now needle-infested and perilously dangerous after persistent break-ins, earning it the title ‘pub from hell’.
Owner Surrinder Mehat of Metro C21 Stores feels he has no choice but to knock down the Edwardian pub and start again, replacing it with a three-storey block of flats.
‘It looks as if he’s holding a pint glass,’ said Ms Chesman. ‘Maybe he is saying cheers to the good times in the Albion before it gets pulled down.’
The figure’s mystery appearance has sparked fierce debate on social media about who might be the artist responsible.
The Albion closed its doors eight years ago. It is now needle-infested and perilously dangerous after persistent break-ins, earning it the title ‘pub from hell’
Owner of the pub Surrinder Mehat told GrimsbyLive he feels he has no choice but to knock the run-down building down, pictured, and start again
Wayne Brightmore thinks it resembles a Banksy: ‘It definitely has Banksy style to it, black stencilled, no tag or signature and relevant to the building it has been painted.’
But Phil Simpson remains to be convinced said: ‘It’s not a bad stencil, however Banksy can’t be responsible for it.
‘The quality isn’t good enough and they’d be using more colours on a Banksy stencil.
‘I hate the fact that now everyone sees a bit of graffiti or stencil graffiti they think it’s Banksy.’
It would not be the first time Bansky is rumoured to have been in the Humber region.
Last January, he featured images on his official Instagram account of a mural in Hull depicting a child carrying a sword with a pencil on the end under the text: ‘Draw the raised drawbridge.’