Town ready for judges

SUDBURY is ready to mount a serious challenge for top honours in Anglia in Bloom thanks to the hard work of 15 young apprentices.

The group from Delphi Automotive Systems in Newton Road spent last week cleaning up the town’s streets, carrying out planting projects on roundabouts and verges and sprucing up allotments in preparation for this year’s floral competition.

The firm stepped in to help after chairman of the Sudbury In Bloom committee, Nick Irwin, said the task of preparing for the prestigious contest – with judges looking for examples of horticultural excellence – was “too large”, as many areas were overrun with weeds.

“The dedication and effort put in by the apprentices has been truly remarkable and the entire community should be grateful to them for the wonderful job they have done,” said Sudbury’s town clerk Sue Brotherwood.

“Our own Sudbury in Bloom committee has been working hard to keep the town looking good but due to lack of manpower it has been difficult to retain our usual standards,” she said.

“Now the apprentices from Delphi have helped out the town is looking almost back to its best, which is a tremendous achievement in just one week.

“We are now confident of doing well in Anglia in Bloom and keeping up our proud tradition in the competition.”

Anglia in Bloom judges will be visiting Sudbury on Tuesday as the town looks to improve on last year’s silver gilt award.