Family fun day helps promote serious message

Bruce the Sewer Monster meets Mayor Bruce Dowling. Picture by Nigel Bowles
Bruce the Sewer Monster meets Mayor Bruce Dowling. Picture by Nigel Bowles

Southern Water, the Environment Agency and Hastings Borough Council joined forces at a community fun day organised by the Clean Seas Please group.

The event, at The Bridge Community Centre, was packed full of information to help people in Hastings improve bathing water quality in their town.

Play workers from the council helped visitors make wet wipe kites and colourful fish and people teetered on the edge of Southern Water’s 3D sewer artwork, met the company’s fat-sniffing bloodhound Hector and enjoyed free fish and chips.

Mayor Bruce Dowling attended and met his namesake Bruce the Sewer Monster – Southern Water’s mascot for its Pain in the Drain campaign. Councillor Dowling said: “It is vitally important that all organisations which influence the quality of bathing water in Hastings work together.”

Jan Cutting, from Clean Seas Please, said: “With the continued support of Southern Water, the Environment Agency and the council, we are doing everything we can to help Hastings meet next year’s tougher bathing water standards.”

For more information visit cleanseasplease.net, www.connectright.org.uk and www.southernwater.co.uk/paininthedrain.