Thanet council has confirmed that there are NO plans to paint over a memorial mural created to remember teenager Taiyah-Grace Peebles.
The stunning artwork, opposite Kabuki in Marine Gardens, has been created as a moving tribute to the 16-year-old who tragically died on railway tracks in Herne Bay last week.
Whitewashing has taken place either side of the mural but a council spokesman assured that the main painting would not be touched.
They said: “The memorial mural was painted with permission and we are always happy for artworks to be displayed with prior consent from the land owners to ensure they are not offensive or such like.
“The side walls have been painted over as they were ‘tags’. We do not have any plans to paint over the memorial mural.”
Taiyah’s sister Delcie shared images of the creation on facebook this weekend, saying: “My beautiful baby sister shining big and bright in Margate! I’m absolutely in love with this.”
In the days following the accident many have taken to social media to express their shock and grief for a “Beautiful young girl taken to soon.”
The family of Taiyah have asked that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult and sad time.
A crowdfunder page to help the family with funeral costs has been created by family friend Mrs Hills.
She posts: “After the loss of Taiyah I wanted to set this up to help her loving family have one less thing to worry about while they are processing her passing.
“Taiyah was loved by many and that shows from the outpouring of condolences on her Facebook page and her mum’s and siblings. Taiyah deserves the biggest and best send off to celebrate her life.”
£1,231 of the £3,000 target has been raised in less than a day.