A plain Penryn wall has been transformed from a blank canvas to community art after a collaborative project between Falmouth University and local schoolchildren was unveiled last week.

The mural, which has taken five years to come to fruition, was one of several shortlisted designs by university students who worked with pupils from Penryn College and Penryn Junior School to develop an artwork which would reflect the town's history.

It was unveiled at Penryn train station by Councillor Gillian Grant, mayor of Penryn, who thanked the university and the school pupils, represented by Debbie Stokes of Penryn College and Robin Cowen, head of Penryn Junior School, as well as Cornwall Council for funding the project.

She said: “The design chosen was a timeline of Penryn and I am delighted to see that they have captured so many of the key moments in our town and also the iconic buildings that are so important to us, all the way from Glasney College itself, to the iconic clock tower and the most recent award-winning Jubilee Wharf.”

She thanked many others from the university and Penryn Campus, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, Network Rail and First Great Western for their help, with three people getting a special mention.

She said: “Firstly, Phil Boorman, formerly of Cornwall Council, who was tireless in his efforts to ensure that the project came to fruition. Phil is no longer with Cornwall Council, but I'm pleased to say that he was still able to join us today and witness the fruits of his labour.

“Secondly, Sue Townsend, from Friends of Penryn Station, who was, like Phil, persistent in her efforts to make sure that the project was not forgotten and is also with us today.

“Finally, our thanks go to the team from 20/20, Jaimie Silbert, Jessica Knowles, Louise Feeley and Mark Minton who I'm told by my clerk were impressively professional and efficient and produced this wonderful piece of art and installed it in double quick time and I'm sure you will agree that they've done a fabulous job.”