Daffodil donation

A NEW group set up to help maintain and enhance a cemetery has been given an early boost by supermarket bosses.

The Friends of Stranton Cemetery group aims to raise awareness of the site, which is off Tanfield Road, to help ensure it remains a peaceful environment and keep crime to an absolute minimum.

To help the group spruce up the site, bosses at the Tesco Extra store, in Burn Road, Hartlepool, have donated two large bags of daffodil bulbs and a £20 voucher for the store which will be used for a Big Tidy event later this year.

Irene Cross, a neighbourhood development officer at Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “Group members are very grateful to have received the support from Tesco.”

Conservative councillor Brenda Loynes, who is also a group member, approached Tesco to see if they would be interested in supporting the group.

Coun Loynes, who represents Park ward, said: “I was over the moon when they said they could help and it is great to have the support of local businesses.

“We are very pleased with how the group has started.”

The group, made up of residents, councillors and Police Community Support Officers, will meet once a month to discuss projects and events.

Group leaders say they will work hard to promote a sustainable green space and make sure it remains an eco-friendly habitat.

They will work closely with cemetery staff and new members are welcome.

Susan Connor, chairwoman of the group, has previously told the Mail: “We want people to be able to make the most of the area.”

Group leaders have already arranged a host of events.

The first meeting, which residents are invited to attend, is due to take place at the cemetery office on Tuesday, September 27, from 6pm.

The group is also taking part in the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and have organised an activity-packed day including litter picking and bulb planting at the cemetery and an afternoon sports session at Rossmere Youth Centre, in Rossmere Way, Hartlepool, involving town voluntary groups.

The Big Tidy event is taking place on Wednesday, October 26, from 10am.

For more information about the group contact Sue McBride, a council neighbourhood development officer, on (01429) 523075 or email: friendsofstrantoncemetery@hotmail.co.uk