My Week - by Sudbury Mayor Sue Ayres

PUBLISHED: 10:35 29 January 2019 | UPDATED: 21:15 30 January 2019

A catch-up with Bradley Smith, the community warden supervisor.

A catch-up with Bradley Smith, the community warden supervisor.


Visits to the police cadets, local history and a radio interview - find out what else Mayor Sue has in her diary.

Last Sunday I was delighted to attend the annual inspection and award ceremony for our Police Cadets. We have some exceptional young people in our lovely county of Suffolk. I had the privilege of meeting our local cadets with our Chief Constable Gareth Wilson. Many of these cadets are hoping to join the force when they leave school. I wish them every success in their training.

On Friday I have been invited to the Sudbury Air Cadets Dinner Dance so will have an opportunity to meet some more of our like-minded young citizens, although two of them may not be so pleased to put up with Grandma at this event. I am very proud of them, they look terrific in their uniform.

I love finding learning about our local history, For example, I was amazed to learn at the first History Sunday at the Quay Theatre, about how narrow Gregory Street was with two-way traffic.

There were houses on the green opposite the St Gregory’s Church where the war memorial is. I appreciate that there were very few cars but plenty of horse and carts. I am booked for the season of six talks, they are usually sold out within a week of the tickets becoming available.

I am always researching facts about the area. A recent one was from the civil war when Oliver Cromwell ruled. The-then Mayor of Sudbury took the christening font out of St Peter’s Church and placed it on Market Hill for the horses to drink out of it. According to legend all animals refused to drink from it.

On Monday I enjoyed meeting up with the “Meet up Monday” friends at the White Horse, where the landlord and his staff are so hospitable. We always have a good chat, lots of laughs as quite a few jokes are shared.

In the afternoon I was invited by BBC Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin to be her “Sofa Guest” to talk about being Mayor plus answering lots of questions.

I am now looking forward to going away for a few days at the end of the month and visiting Whitby, Scarborough and York.

I have contacted the Mayor of Scarborough to arrange to meet up and see how they run things up there.

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