A BAR which has been missing its regulars during lockdown has commemorated them in a special mural.

The Village in Islingword Road in Hanover, Brighton, now has about 70 of its most loyal customers and staff painted in a mural, set on a Covid-19-free Brighton beach.

Manager Richard De-Warrenne Waller said the cafe and bar has been missing people terribly during the pandemic.

He said: “Pretty much every pub has been having a paint job over lockdown but we doubt they’ve had as much fun with it as we have.

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“It was our landlord Maj’s idea and our barman Angus Rodgers is a creative soul, so he’s been doing the mural over the past couple of months.

”He’s got a really good eye and normally he sees these people every day.

“We’ve had a couple of locals who have passed away, so we have one depicted as an angel.

"Some of them are quite funny - there’s one guy who drinks a lot of Peroni, so he is a Peroni bottle on a surfboard.

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“Our business is based on having a lot of lovely locals and we couldn’t do it without them.”

The Village has remained open during lockdown providing takeaway coffees and snacks, but will reopen its outside area again for drinks next Monday.

The mural is also being made into postcards and 25p from every card sale will be donated to charity.

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Richard added: "As well as us missing the locals during lockdown, the mural is also a thank you for their support over the years.

“We can’t wait to welcome them back outside from April 12 for a pint or two and see their faces when they see theirs.”