Blooms and art add to Suttons’ beauty

Rihards Amirovs who wants to create public works of art in Sutton Bridge. ANL-140624-164410001
Rihards Amirovs who wants to create public works of art in Sutton Bridge. ANL-140624-164410001
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Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton look their beautiful best thanks to the efforts of In Bloom teams who are adding the magical ingredient of flower power.

Now artist Rihards Amirov plans to brighten up some of the public buildings in Sutton Bridge by painting murals with the help of youngsters.

Rihards (30), known as Richard, has sketchbooks filled with local landmarks, but plans to go a step further by applying a drop of paint to buildings.

He said: “I was thinking ‘how could I use my art to make something better, change somebody’s life maybe?’.”

Richard is talking to the parish council to see which buildings could become canvases and to the youth club to find volunteers happy to wield a brush or two to create something amazing.

Scenes to be painted will be decided in collaboration with young volunteers.

Richard has been commissioned for projects, including family portraits, but relies on a full-time job for his living.

He said: “I just decided not to concentrate too much on the commercial side of it because it takes you away from the pureness of art.”

There’s already a public art work, celebrating the London 2012 Olympics, overlooking the wonderful community garden in Memorial Park, Sutton Bridge.

The garden was created by Sutton Bridge In Bloom with cash help from the Lottery Fund.

Aside from the community garden, the team also plant and maintain a further five garden beds within Sutton Bridge.

The Bloomers have also planted more than 30 containers and a number of wall and hanging baskets around the village.

Kay Jenkinson chairs Long Sutton in Bloom and says none of the success achieved in East Midlands In Bloom competitions would be possible without the hard work of a dedicated band of volunteers.

So far this year, each of the 20 strong group has averaged four hours a week working on their big passion – making an already beautiful small town even more beautiful.

Long Sutton has won several golds in East Midlands in Bloom and last year was the small town category winner with a silver gilt.

This year the team has adopted a gold theme for hanging baskets to celebrate 50 years of East Midlands in Bloom and red, white and blue for other displays to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1.