A POPULAR town trip boat has been spruced up thanks to the addition of artwork from a Dunhampstead studio.

The Droitwich Waterways (Pamela May) Trust has been presented with some canal art panels by artist Andy Edwards, from The Forge Studio, Dunhampstead.

The colourful panels, which show a traditional design featuring castles and roses, will be fitted on the Pamela May charity trip boat to decorate the entrance door. Canal art has a long history that is inspired by the original Romany people who left their horse drawn caravans to man the first horse drawn barges around 1750. Castles and roses is one of the most popular designs. Others include new moons, stars and other celestial shapes going back to Romany tribes in ancient Egypt