Closed shops get a spray to look open (21 images)

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Residents on a recession-hit estate which saw nearly all its shops shut have given the rundown units a lease of life - by painting the original shopfronts on. Artists and schoolchildren teamed up to spray paint a florist, bakery, laundrette, grocer's, pharmacy and pet store onto the row of closed shutters.

Their colourful makeover has brightened up a total of 13 shops on the once-thriving parade, which opened in the early 1960s. It disguises the sad fact that now just a...
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