Family follows TV star by sponsoring a litter bin in memory of their loved one

SPONSORING seafront litter bins in memory of departed loved ones could become a regular trend in Hastings after cult TV star Karl Pilkington kick-started the trend.

The Observer revealed earlier this year how the documentary maker who shot to fame due to his friendship with Ricky Gervais had visited Hastings in order to dedicate a rubbish bin to a lady whose funeral he had attended on one of his adventures.

And since that appeared a local family has been in touch to say they did the same.

Trevor Sully’s daughter Jess contacted the Observer to draw attention to the bin dedicated to her late father after the family got in touch with the production company behind Pilkington’s The Moaning of Life series. They advertised in the Observer for anyone looking to create an unusual memorial to a loved one to get in touch and Mr Sully’s family did just that.

The advert was seen by a close friend, Brenda Wadey, who thought it sounded like something suitable for Mr Sully – who was a member of the South Saxons Wetlands Group, spent hours in the garden and had a superb sense of humour. Miss Sully said: “I had a nickname for my dad which was ‘Evans’ or ‘Evs’, and I was known to him as ‘Cox’ or ‘Coxie’. The reason for this is that, back in the mid-1990s, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer recorded a series of their comedy show in Hastings. Among the characters were two local councillors, Evans and Cox. One day we just started talking to each other like the councillors, and chuckled at each other, and so the names stuck – with mum becoming a third councillor, ‘Jenkins’ or ‘Jenks’. One of the Cox and Evans sketches was filmed on the prom near Marine Court, and that sketch featured novelty litter bins. And this, out of all of the sketches they did, was the one dad and I latched on to.

“The memorial was put up at the same time as the one which featured in Karl Pilkington’s series The Moaning of Life. The production company was looking for a local family to feature in the programme but due to timing issues, unfortunately we weren’t able to take part. However, it kindly offered to put a plaque on a bin of our choosing, and a group of us gathered to unveil the bin and celebrate my dad’s life. Dad was Hastings born and bred.

“Although he lived in different places over the course of his life, he came back here so I always think of him as being near the sea.”