Banksy confirms Port Talbot artwork is his creation

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A piece of graffiti art that appeared on a wall in Port Talbot, has been confirmed as a genuine Banksy.

The work by the anonymous world-famous street artist was discovered in the Taibach area of town last night and appears to comment on the town's industrial heritage.

The image shows a child with what appears to be snow falling on him but the other side reveals a fire in a skip emitting ash.

Banksy confirmed the news with a video on his Instagram account, with the caption "Seasons Greetings".

Soundtracked by the children's song Little Snowflake, the camera focuses on the painting, before ascending to show the nearby steelworks which loom over the town.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Banksy said:

The artwork shows a young boy looking up at what appears to be snow Credit: ITV News
But on the other side of the wall is a fire with ash billowing from the flames Credit: ITV News

The garage owner Ian Lewis, 55, who is a steelworker at the nearby Tata steelworks, told ITV News he hoped it was genuine when he discovered it had appeared on his wall.

Mr Lewis said he thought Port Talbot had been chosen for the artwork due to headlines over air pollution. In May, the World Health Organisation had to apologise after it admitted figures identifying Port Talbot as the most polluted town in the UK were wrong.

Mr Lewis said he had "no idea" what his plans were with regards to the artwork but the local council have already erected fencing around the artwork to protect it.

His partner Julia Smith told ITV News they are feeling "very overwhelmed" but are enjoying the people who have been turning up to view the artwork.

People from all over have been visiting since last night and having photographs with the artwork