Raising a flag for Sutton Bridge Golf Club centenary

Centenary special: Norman Davis with other long-standing golf club members. Photo: SG280913-121TW
Centenary special: Norman Davis with other long-standing golf club members. Photo: SG280913-121TW

It was once nothing more than five miles of marshland between Walpole Cross Keys and Long Sutton, but since Sutton Bridge came into existence it has had an interesting history.

It has had an isolation hospital – nothing to do with Guy’s Hospital, despite popular opinion, but established by Wisbech’s sanitary authority – which gave its name to Hospital Road.

It also had a prisoner of war camp, an RAF base – now the site of the power station – and, in 1881, a dock basin.

The docks failed and that site in time became the golf club, which celebrates its centenary next year.

As part of the celebrations, long-standing member Norman Davis has written a history of the club.

Norman (75) spent about 18 months going through the club records, dating back to 1914, in order put together the limited edition book – just 300 have been published.

The book covers information about players and caddying in the 1930s as well as having cartoons and humour.

However, Norman, who has been a member of the club for 42 years, says it also contains information about Sutton Bridge itself, with details about the Victorian docks.

Club chairman Barry Irwin said: “There aren’t that many golf clubs that reach 100 years, so it’s very much a milestone, and there are all sorts of things going on.”

Events start on the centenary day, February 18, with the raising of the flag at noon, followed by a centenary gala dinner on May 3 and the Centenary Cup competition in June.