Excitement as four possible Banksy pieces discovered in coastal towns
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Four pieces of street art which have appeared in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, Lowestoft and Oulton Broad are from Banksy, a local artist has claimed.
The artworks were discovered throughout Friday, with some believing it is linked with the area's City of Culture 2025 bid.
On Friday, a bench on Gorleston seafront has been decorated in the signature style of the international artist.
Earlier in the day, a stencilled piece depicting a couple dancing on top of a bus stop was spotted on Admiralty Road in Great Yarmouth.
Later, one work on London Road North shows a young child playing in a sandpit.
And one more. found in Nicholas Everitt Park, depicts children playing in a boat.
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Great Yarmouth artist Ruben Cruz claimed the pieces are all by the elusive artist known as Banksy.
"The style is so distinctive, and the political statements around the images match his style," Mr Cruz said.
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"I also have friends who are closely associated with him and they have confirmed it is his work."
Mr Cruz, founder of the Reprezent Project, believes the artwork will "put value into the area and the work we are all doing."
In statement, Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “We are just as intrigued and curious about the art works that have appeared in Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Lowestoft as everyone else.
"We think this may be an endorsement of the joint City of Culture bid we have made with East Suffolk Council, given the choice of locations being great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Lowestoft which could suggest that it is.
"We look forward to finding out who the artist is, be it Banksy or another talented artist.”
A spokesperson from East Suffolk Council said: “By creating these artworks in Lowestoft, Gorleston and Great Yarmouth, we would like to think that the artist, whoever they may be, appears to also be supportive of our bid.”
Mr Cruz added: "I don't know if it's related to the City of Culture bid.
"It could just be Banksy was enjoying a holiday on the Norfolk Broads.
"Even if Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft don't win the bid for City of Culture, this art work is really important and will put the area on the map for art and culture."