Cleethorpes In Bloom chairman Bob Callison gets nomination for helping resort to blossom
THIS blooming marvellous figurehead loves Cleethorpes!
The chairman of Cleethorpes In Bloom Bob Callison has enjoyed brightening up the resort – and that is the reason for his nomination for the Grimsby Telegraph-backed campaign Improving Cleethorpes Together.
The former publican moved to Cleethorpes 25 years ago and, with his wife Pamela, took over the Adelaide guesthouse, in Isaac's Hill.
In 1998, Cleethorpes In Bloom was founded by Bob, Jeff Blanchard, Mike Sleight and Alan Fletcher, and the annual effort has attracted dozens of accolades, including the Britain In Bloom Champion of Champions title.
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Bob said: "It is so nice that someone has nominated me for this award – I am quite speechless.
"I have got such a passion for Cleethorpes and I love it.
"We have recently been working on the sustainability of roundabouts and planting trees.
"But no matter where I live I want to do my best by making it a clean, safe and beautiful environment."
Cleethorpes In Bloom began with little funding – but Bob knew it would be a success.
"We had no money, but it didn't stop us from having grand plans.
"We started out by smartening up the town hall by introducing black and gold window boxes and it took off from there.
"We soon gained support from the Grimsby Telegraph and in 2000 we entered the Yorkshire In Bloom contest and received a highly commended award."
Improving Cleethorpes Together is organised by residential action group Cleethorpes South Forward.
It aims to encourage others to spruce up Cleethorpes by rewarding and recognising those who already do.
You can nominate candidates by filling in the form printed here. Alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, cleesouthforward@groups. facebook.com, or pop into Cleethorpes Library or the St Aidan's Church office.
Send completed forms to: Faye Preston, 80 Telegraph House, Cleethorpes Road, Grimsby, DN31 3EH, or to the e-mail addresses above.
IMPROVEMENT of any community will only be realised is there is a will by the residents to take a pride in their environment.
Even if councils had endless pots of cash, which they haven’t, to pour into the upkeep of an area, the outcome would not be successful if the people who live and work there refused to be involved.
Money is one thing, but commitment, pride and working together to a common aim is quite another. Ask yourself – which is the more effective.
Yes, you need cash but you would not get very far without people participation – trouble is, there is never really enough of it.
The same faces are shown time and time again making the same dedicated efforts to improve what is around them. So come on, let’s see some more – many hands make light work, after all!
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