A BAR in Weymouth has thought of a novel way of keeping an eye on customers during the World Cup.

Aura Cafe Bar, on the Esplanade, employed a local artist to create the piece which has been painted on the bar’s shutters to promote the bar showing all of the World Cup games.

The piece includes a replica of the World Cup trophy, a football with flags of the nations on it and an eye that represents the Brazlian national flag.

Pete Sheridan, 43, from Dorchester, has been a professional visual artist for the last eight years and created the artwork.

Mr Sheridan said: “The manager told me that he wanted to do something different and unique.

“It was a complicated piece in the sense that it is not on a flat surface and that it needed to be done quite quickly but I think it has turned out well.

“I just tried to choose some themes that have been familiar throughout the world cup, and the eye is meant to represent the Brazilian flag but it’s not my design so I can’t take the credit for that.”

But, Mr Sheridan wouldn’t be drawn into a prediction for England’s games: “I really don’t know what’s going to happen, if I had a solid prediction I would be straight down the bookies,” he said.

The bar has six screens which to show the matches on, and with the group stage now well underway in this year’s finals many more are expected to pile into the town’s pubs tomorrow night (Thursday) for England’s second group game against Uruguay.

Brett Dunster, manager of Aura, said: “We got the artist to design and do it, because we have seen other art works that he has done before.

“We wanted to do something a bit different and put something on the front of the place that we have not done before.

“It has been really well received so far, everyone who has seen it at night has commented on it, and it’s just our way of doing things different.

“We had a lot of people in for the Italy game, and I think the whole of the town had a good one, apart from the result obviously and hopefully England will go on to do well and get out of the group.”