Bracing Skegness is ‘a breath of fresh air’ for a clean-up crusader who packed her bags to leave the town she has given up on.
Sandra White and husband Tony moved to the resort three weeks ago from Spalding and haven’t looked back.
For the past six years Sandra, 72, hit the national and local headlines for her one-woman campaign against ‘litter, drink, drugs and prostitution’ in Spalding.
Every morning she and her devoted husband were out on the streets at the crack of dawn clearing up litter, weeding and cutting back overgrown trees and shrubs, and painting out graffiti – without earning a penny for her efforts and funding much of her work herself.
But just before Christmas she decided she had had enough, put her home up for sale and went searching for a new life at Skegness.
Sandra said: “I’d found more needles used by addicts and I thought ‘I’m wasting my time here, it’s a cesspit’ - and it was then when I knew I wanted to live by the coast.”
Moving was even more of a major operation than usual because Sandra, having once won the prestigious Hampton Court hanging basket competition, insisted on bringing her garden with her, right down to the last decorative stone.
However, most of the tools she used to tidy up Spalding are being sold at boot sales and she says residents will not be seeing her on the streets here. She said: “I’m giving all that up and Tony and I just want to enjoy living in the area and enjoying new things.
“It’s opening the door in the morning and being greeted with that lovely fresh air. The town is so clean and the grass verges and trees are a picture.
“People are so friendly. When Tony went to the Spa shop they asked if he was new here and said they would do everything they could to make us welcome.
“We’ve kept quiet about what we did in Spalding so far but someone who found out what I did with Hampton Court has already been in touch about helping with their garden.
“I’m never going to be able to stop altogether.”