Bath husband declares love with message on wall
As romantic gestures go, writing a love message to your wife on a building passed by thousands of people every day is pretty grand.
Jon Williams wanted to let his wife of 11 years, Susan Bourne, know exactly how he felt about her.
So he convinced the artists responsible for the mural on the soon-to-be-demolished Widcombe Social Club to paint the heartfelt message.
The 56-year-old kept it a surprise from Susan, 54, but once it was complete he took her for a walk past the building to see the design.
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Susan said: "When I saw the message, my jaw dropped open, it was a complete surprise.
"I think it is such a lovely thing to do.
"This is the most romantic thing Jon has ever done."
The couple, who live on Wells Road, met on the internet while Jon was living in California and Susan in London.
They moved to Bath a year ago, and have had their fair share of trauma with Susan surviving a brain haemorrhage and stroke, and Jon breaking his neck.
The club has been shut for a redevelopment that will see the demolition of the old building and the construction of a new centre.
But before it is knocked down, the building is being used as a backdrop for some urban art.
Artists Bradley Macmath, Mr Riks, Tomo and Mr Deanz spent a week transforming the outside of the club, helped by children from Widcombe Junior School.
The project was the idea of club treasurer Chris Rogers, art gallery owner Paul Villalba and artist Grant Robson.
Now the wall is also being used as a message board, and has already carried announcements about birthdays and other special occasions.
Mr Robson said: "I thought the message board would be a great idea to not only keep people looking at the building but also an opportunity for Widcombe Social Club to make some money as all donations for the hire of the sign go to the club.
"Graffiti is a form of expression so it's great that people can express themselves on it and the message from Jon to Susan is a lovely example of this.
"We've had several happy birthdays so far including my daughter Georgia who was 17 on Sunday – her friends thought it was the coolest present ever.
"We have been amazed with the positive attitude, with the artwork, and even people coming to ask if we wanted cups of tea.
"It has also brought the community together which is so important."
Susan added: "The work has inspired people, I have stood on that corner and it is amazing how the picture makes people smile as they pass by.
"All buildings awaiting demolition should look this good."