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A woman woke up to discover a mural painted on the side of her house - but fortunately she absolutely loves it.
Nickie Hadley, 50, was fast asleep when a Greater Manchester graffiti artist known as Mr Eggs got to work creating the piece that was inspired by a campaign to protect a local green space from being built on.
But rather than be furious over the unplanned artwork, Nickie, from Hyde, is delighted with it.
She told the Manchester Evening News: "I woke up in the morning and two neighbours were stood outside.
"I went to the front window, they waved and said 'we love it'.
"I came out and it was there."
The piece shows a little boy with a pile of bricks while above him there’s a plane with a banner that reads: ‘save our green belt’.
Nickie says the new addition catches the eye of anyone walking past and has taken the whole thing in good spirits.
She said: "It's always easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission!
"I'm in the Save Tameside Greenbelt group on Facebook and when I first joined I made a comment that I have a gable end and if anybody has a poster they were welcome to put it up. I don't know if that's where the idea came from.
"I've been in contact with Mr Eggs on Instagram and said it's a brilliant piece of artwork."
Nickie says the piece is a good way to drive attention towards the campaign which is calling on Tameside Council to scrap plans to build 2,000 homes on Godley Green.
Those campaigning against the development say the plans would result in a loss of wildlife in the community, and Tameside Council has received more than 3,200 objections to a planning application for the scheme.
She added: "It's amazing, I love it. It opens people's eyes to the cause.
"A lot of people still don't know about it, but if people drive or walk past and see it, it gets them talking. That's the most important thing.
"Kids walk past on their way to school and some have been taking pics of it, so I assume they are sharing it on Instagram too."
Tameside Council say the garden village will be a sustainable development with infrastructure and green space included.
Topics: UK News