Sutton on Sea defies weather to show village pride

The Sutton Pride event held on Saturday, July 16.
The Sutton Pride event held on Saturday, July 16.

DESPITE heavy rain, more than 70 people packed into Sutton on Sea’s Meridale Centre on Saturday, July 16, to show their pride in the village.

A special Pride in Sutton flag was raised at 10am to mark the opening of the event, and after weeks of working tirelessly to improve the look of the local area a memorable day was had by all who attended.

Pride in Sutton was co-organised by Meridale Organisation and Neighbourhood Management, with the intention of encouraging everyone to help improve the look of Sutton and demonstrate why they love living there.

Armed with litter picks and rubbish bags, groups and individuals went out into the rainy streets to tidy and clean footpaths and gutters and to pick litter. Groups including Sutton WI, the Rotary Club, the Scouts, the Midway Club, Sutton Cricket Club and Neighbourhood Management forum members were involved along with local residents. A final count of 38 bags of rubbish had been collected.

A flurry of people visited the Meridale throughout the day to view the display of artwork and poems by the children of Sutton on Sea Primary School, and vital information on the upcoming digital switchover was also provided by the Meridale team.

John Monk MBE, of the Meridale Organisation, said: “It’s heartening that so many people turned up on a rainy day to back what we’re doing. We’re definitely looking to make it an annual event for the village.”