MP joins in bridge makeover

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A former railway bridge in Scholes has had a makeover as villagers prepare to enter the Village-in-Bloom competition with judging on August 6.

Volunteers from the Scholes in Bloom group got a surprise helping hand last weekend when the village’s local politicians turned out to support their bid in an unusual way.

Local MP Alec Shelbrooke joined forces with Harewood Ward Councillors Ryan Stephenson, Matthew Robinson and Sam Firth on as they traded suits for paint brushes to help villagers repaint the old railway bridge.

Speaking to the Wetherby News, Mr Shelbrooke said: “Scholes always looks fantastic at this time of year but it’s really just a handful of stalwarts from Scholes in Bloom who put in hours of work to make it look great.

“So, when local councillors asked if I’d give them a hand to repaint the railway bridge I was more than happy to grab a roller and get stuck in.”

Scholes in Bloom was formed in March 2003 by members of the Parish Council, with former Parish Chairman Ben Hogan remaining a leading figure in the group. As well as improving the village appearance by developing green and floral public spaces, the group of volunteers help to keep the village clean and tidy.

Alec Shelbrooke MP and Couns Ryan Stephenson, Matthew Robinson, Sam Firth get ready to repaint Scholes Bridge with Ben Hogan and Phil Maude of Scholes in Bloom.