More cash for outdoor fitness on village field?

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Villagers trying to install outdoor fitness equipment on a public field are hoping to benefit from the legacy of the London Olympics.

A former chairman of Sutton Bridge Parish Council, Chris Brandon-King, is asking the parish council to try to get Memorial Park dedicated as a Queen Elizabeth II Field.

Mr Brandon-King is one of the Friends of Sutton Bridge Playing Fields and Open Spaces pushing to have a free, “outdoor gym” put on the field.

The group has already applied for £10,000 Lottery cash through Awards for All, but the new dedication could mean an extra £25,000 comes their way.

The parish council will look at the idea at their meeting tonight.

Mr Brandon-King (pictured) says if the £10,000 bid is successful, the group will be able to buy four pieces of equipment offering a total of nine exercise places.

But the extra cash means it could do far more for the village.

The group has been advised to station the kit next to the children’s playing field so parents can exercise while keeping an eye on their children.

The Friends have approached Pennine Outdoor Fitness to supply the sturdy kit and their chairman, Shirley Giles, says it will give adults the chance to have a proper workout without travelling to the nearest gym some 12 miles away in King’s Lynn.

She said: “We don’t want to ask people for money, to be honest, because round here they haven’t got much in their pockets.”

The equipment will be suitable for older teenagers as well as adults.