Chatteris volunteers hit out at vandals

Chatteris in Bloom members with vandalism at Empress swimming pool.'left to right Sue Elam, Tina Prior, Rosemarie Croucher and Julie Smith ANL-150726-174531009
Chatteris in Bloom members with vandalism at Empress swimming pool.'left to right Sue Elam, Tina Prior, Rosemarie Croucher and Julie Smith ANL-150726-174531009
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Volunteers have hit out at the mindless vandals who have damaged their stunning displays.

Chatteris in Bloom Committee was horrified to discover graffiti scrawled over two of its displays.

Chatteris in Bloom members with vandalism at Empress swimming pool.'left to right Sue Elam, Tina Prior, Rosemarie Croucher and Julie Smith ANL-150726-174554009

Chatteris in Bloom members with vandalism at Empress swimming pool.'left to right Sue Elam, Tina Prior, Rosemarie Croucher and Julie Smith ANL-150726-174554009

The nine-strong committee has put in hours of hard work to ensure the town was looking good ahead of the Anglia in Bloom judging visit, which happened on July 16.

Graffiti has been sprayed onto one of the group’s murals, along with a further tag on one of its displays.

Tags have also been sprayed on postboxes, walls and fences.

In Bloom vice-chairman Tina Prior said the group was determined not to be put off by the vandals.

She said: “It is really annoying as all of our projects cost money which we have to raise in the community. We will have to repair these but it is an extra cost when we are struggling.

“We are determined not to let it stop us.”

Committee members spotted the damage while watering the plants which are adorning the town.

A graffiti tag was sprawled across the Horse Chestnut banner.

Members are hoping to be able to wash this off or paint over it.

But repairs to the mural at the Empress Swimming Pool are going to be more costly.

Spray paint has covered some of the background of the mural so the group will have to fork out on fresh paint.

Miss Prior said: “There are a lot of people who put in commitment, hard work and time and effort in putting these things together for the community.

“And it feels a real shame to scrawl on the banners. There is no specific art work.

“It is really disappointing that someone felt the need to do this.” Members of the committee will learn in September if they have scooped an award in the Anglia in Bloom contest.

During the visit, the judges looked around Meeks Cemetery, along with meeting children at the Peter Pan Playgroup.

Last year the team received a silver gilt. Members of the committee are putting out an appeal for more people to join their ranks.

If you would like to get involved contact 077452 70118 .