Well, the sun shone. Then it rained. And then it absolutely bucketed it down.

But in the early hours of the morning there was only one thing I was fixated on – the well-being of the knitted mini-me Liam Plunkett tribute, lovingly crafted by the Nunthorpe and Marton Knitters. 

Thankfully, he stood up to the drenching and continues to stand proud on top of the postbox at Marton shops as a tribute to his amazing part in the Cricket World Cup-winning England team.

Disappointed after Royal Mail confirmed there’d be no postbox decorated in honour of Liam in his home of Marton or Nunthorpe, his knitted likeness was quickly brought into being after a request from Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston.

Superb stuff from a group that continues to make headlines and be a very valued part of our community. Thank you!

Here are three things I’ve been up to on behalf of Nunthorpe this week.

1.  Pedal power

During my time as Nunthorpe ward councillor I’m keen to do what I can to help tackle the Marton Crawl. One way of doing this is cutting down the number of cars on the road by encouraging cycling.

I asked Nunthorpe resident Louise Spaldin to let me publish her diary on ditching the car and hopping onto her bike to commute into town.

“The traffic lights near the Rudds Arms in Marton have caused complete havoc on my daily commute.  

After wasting hours of my time waiting in traffic along the Marton Crawl during my route to work on Borough Road, I decided to sweep the cobwebs from my two wheeled contraption and get my little legs peddling down Dixons Bank.

What a lovely experience! No waiting in queues of cars, no cars squeezing into the line of traffic where there is no room…complete bliss. 

If I had a free hand I would have been waving to all the stationary traffic, gloating as I drifted along the bike lane, wind wafting through my curly locks!

Weather permitting, I will be doing this more often. Although I need my car for work I intend to organise my diary to enable me to cycle to work at least once a week. 

I was ‘glistening’ and a little out of puff when I arrived at work but it was nothing that a pint of water and baby wipe couldn’t fix. I felt good all day and empowered to do more.”

Louise Spaldin, Nunthorpe resident

2. On the radio

This week I was invited onto BBC Radio Tees to talk about stepping from the world of journalism into local politics as ward councillor for Nunthorpe. In my head it was set to be a quick pre-recorded chat with any mess-ups edited out.

But it was live…

Luckily Scott Makin was kind and I enjoyed the experience in the studio. You can listen to my interview here at around here at around 2:24.

3. Flower power

Environmental campaigners and Nunthorpe residents Bob Mullen and David Leyland are passionate about encouraging wildlife and biodiversity in our area.

They have suggested the introduction of wildflower areas in Nunthorpe, which not only look stunning but attract butterflies, bees, birds, mammals and more.

We met with Middlesbrough Council officer Peter Chapman who has agreed to support Bob and David who are looking into the potential for wildflower projects in our area. 

If you have any concerns, issues, ideas or suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact me either via the Nunthorpe Matters Facebook page, via or on 07938119858. My next ward surgery will take place on Monday, August 5 at 6.30pm at Nunthorpe Institute. Make sure to pop by!

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