Walnut sign is a real work of art

Bar manager of The Walnut in Worlington, Martin Booth, with Heath Rosselli who painted the pub's sign.

Bar manager of The Walnut in Worlington, Martin Booth, with Heath Rosselli who painted the pub's sign.

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AN AWARD-WINNING portrait painter has had yet another masterpiece put on show – but this time it’s outside her local pub.

Heath Rosselli, whose work has been exhibited in the Louvre, The National Portrait Gallery and The Mall Galleries, has turned her hand to a new medium by painting a pub sign for The Walnut Tree, in Worlington.

Heath, who has lived in Worlington for more than 25 years, said the plan to paint the sign was hatched after a chance conversation with landlord Scott Faulkner.

“I was telling Scott that since he took on the pub a year ago, it’s become the social hub of the village again – it’s really brought people here together.

“By the end of the evening we’d decided that we needed a new sign to represent the new era for Worlington,” she said.

Opting to paint a walnut, rather than the tree itself, Heath’s design got the thumbs up from Scott.

He said: “It’s a great credit to the village that even the pub sign is a work of art.

“Regulars love it and I’m amazed at how many of our new customers comment on it.”

Scott took over The Walnut Tree last year after nine years running The Crown Inn, in Hartest.