Sunderland Mobile Mini team honour the fallen with 20ft mural

Staff at a North East storage container hirer are honouring Remembrance Day in an artistic fashion this year – with a mural painted on the side of a 20ft unit.


Two members of the team at Mobile Mini UK’s Sunderland branch, based at North Hylton Enterprise Park, hand painted the mural on the side of a 20ft storage container to honour those who fought in the First and Second World Wars.


Yard foreman John Eunson and yard operative Connor Vernon dedicated their own time to painting the unit, which can be viewed from North Hylton Road by passers-by, before unveiling it to the rest of the team.


Office manager Holly Waites said: “We’ve always had an inkling about John and Connor’s artistic skills but when we saw this container, we were absolutely speechless. It exceeded all of our expectations.”

(L-R) Driver Gary Hewitson, dispatcher Darren Oakes, yard operative Connor Vernon, assistant yard foreman Graeme Jackson, yard operative Graeme Anderson, branch manager Tim Mackay, yard foreman John Eunson, driver Eddy Heppell and office manager Holly Waites.


The idea was inspired by Sunderland branch manager Tim Mackay, who asked John and Connor to lend their talents.


Tim said: “Each year we place poppies and Remembrance stickers on company vehicles, but we really wanted to go above and beyond this year, especially in light of the 75th anniversary of VE Day.


“Most of the team have relations who fought in past wars and conflicts which we are all tremendously proud of. Our internal sales executive, James Patrick, also served as a medic in the Royal Navy for 12 years, completing two tours in Afghanistan.


“These people sacrificed so much for us to be where we are today, and we wanted to truly honour them and pay our respects.”


The mural will remain in the Sunderland depot for customers and members of the public to view.


Mobile Mini UK currently employs 20 ex-military personnel across its 16 nationwide branches, offering each an additional day’s holiday each year to recognise the dedication given during service with the forces.