Has Grimsby been Banksyed? That’s the questions on everyone’s lips around the seaside town.
A very Banksyesque drawing has appeared on the side of the ‘pub from hell’ and it’s got everyone talking.
While there’s been no official announcement from the artist, locals believe it could be the real McCoy.
Susan Chesman spotted the graffiti in the early hours of this morning.
‘I went past at about 4.30 am this morning going towards Cleethorpes,’ she told Grimsby Live.
‘I saw it and had to turn my car around and go have another look. I thought this could be a Banksy – or maybe a local artist.
‘It wasn’t there yesterday not that I can remember. It must have been done overnight. I’m hoping it is the real thing.’
The Albion closed its doors eight years ago. It’s now needle-infested and perilously dangerous after persistent break-ins, earning it the title ‘pub from hell’.
Owner Surrinder Mehat feels he has no choice but to knock down the Edwardian pub and start again, replacing it with a three-storey block of flats.
‘It looks as if he’s holding a pint glass,’ Susan added. ‘Maybe he is saying cheers to the good times in the Albion before it gets pulled down.’
The figure’s appearance has sparked fierce debate on social media about who is responsible.
Wayne Brightmore thinks it resembles a Banksy: ‘It definitely has Banksy style to it, black stencilled, no tag or signature and relevant to the building it has been painted.’
But Phil Simpson remains to be convinced: ‘It’s not a bad stencil, however Banksy can’t be responsible for it.
The quality isn’t good enough and they’d be using more colours on a Banksy stencil.
‘I hate the fact that now everyone sees a bit of graffiti or stencil graffiti they think it’s Banksy.’
It would not be the first time Bansky is rumoured to have been in the Humber region.
Last January, he shared images on his official Instagram of a mural in Hull depicting a child carrying a sword with a pencil on the end.