Arcade hero Pac-Man is chasing ghosts in Sandy!

A creative father from Sandy has brought the gaming world alive thanks to a colourful mural which celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pac-Man.

By Jo Gravett
Friday, 29th May 2020, 12:00 pm

Rob Mason, 44, with the help of his son Luke, six, has designed a larger-than-life chase scene on the side of some garages near their home in Oak Close.

Famous arcade maze hero Pac-Man can be seen gobbling up power pellets and facing his old enemies, the ghosts, as well as a new foe... the coronavirus! Rob said: “There was an office table that was being thrown out at work and I took one look at it and thought ‘It looks like Pac-Man.’

“My boy got involved and we said that we could do ghosts and we found out that it was Pac-Man’s 40th anniversary on the 22nd, so we went for it.

Rob, Tracy, Emi, Luke and Pac-Man.

“I cut out all the ghosts and painted them. I said to Luke: ‘Do you know what we could do?’, but before I could say it, he said: ‘a rainbow ghost’.”

Rob works at Showcard Print, in Letchworth, where he and his colleagues have recently been busy making 
visors and screens.

The wood for the ghosts was also leftover material and proved handy for upcycling into the ghosts.

Rob added: “Luke told me what colours the ghosts had to be and also rolled yellow on Pac-Man, while my daughter Emi definitely wanted to make sure there was a pink ghost.”

Rob and family with Pac-Man

The Pac-Man game was attached to the garages for its big reveal on May 16, with Rob’s neighbours enjoying the trip down memory lane to see the popular arcade game.

It has also caught people’s imagination on social media and has so far attracted over 1,600 likes on Facebook group,
 Applaud for Heroes.

Rob said: “It just sort of takes the seriousness away from it all and makes people smile; it’s not all doom and gloom. It’s something to lighten the mood.

“A couple of people have said that it’s really brilliant and that it made their day.”

The ghosts and new foe, the coronavirus.