Thursday Photo Prompt – Bridge #writephoto

Time to get my thinking cap on!

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The colour reminded her of raspberry blancmange, but there pleasant similarity ended.
These murky waters were strewn with rubbish, rotting food, even an old mattress.
The River Dummer bore a revised sign, an ‘m’ having been replaced with PST by a crude hand.
Government cutbacks had led to reduced waste collections which only increased fly tipping, so now local rivers were awash with trash, scenic streams conveyor belts of waste, and picturesque bridges like this an eyesore.
Gone were the ducks and swans she used to feed as a child, gone too were the small fish, newts, tadpoles and toads, and in their place uncaring decay ate away at the river bank.
Time for change.

As Mayor, she called a meeting at the Town Hall.
She recognised families, friends, work colleagues, shop owners, bankers, even the snooty librarian had put in an appearance. In fact, no-one had stayed away, all wanting to hear what she had to say.
Her ideas were met with mixed reviews, but overall, everyone wanted to play a part in cleaning up their town.
A local skip firm offered free hire for a weekend to clear the river.
The youth hostel said they would send along a gang to help load it.
Mrs Jenkins the baker said she’d provide coffee and cake for the workers.
A builder said he would help repair the brickwork on the bridge in his spare time, together with his three sons who were learning the trade.
A new sign replacing the defaced River Dummer appeared, no-one knew from where, or who had done the beautiful artwork.

It was a start.
They had six months before the judges visited for the Village in Bloom competition, and already excited wannabe gardeners were cultivating shrubs and bulbs to put in planters donated by a DIY centre which were old stock and wouldn’t sell. The woman running the evening arts and crafts class had some ideas of her own about those!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and have a terrible sweet tooth. Best friends are Hubby, our dog Maggie, Bro in NZ, MSM and MOH (and his dog). I am also a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! Due to a nightmare of a house sale in 2014, 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat until April 2017. We made strong friendships both on and off the water, and enjoyed swan and duck families for neighbours. Sadly times change and we were once again house hunting until September. We now reside in a small bungalow a short distance from the beach on the Lincolnshire coast.
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21 Responses to Thursday Photo Prompt – Bridge #writephoto

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    If only more places would take this kind of action in reality.

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  3. Bernadette says:

    A hopeful ending from a sad start.

  4. This is such a lovely response to the prompt.

  5. memadtwo says:

    A wonderful beacon of hope. (K)

  6. Michael says:

    Lovely positive feel about this tale Di, well done..

    • Thanks Michael. It would be lovely if things like this really came about, but then if villagers funded such things themselves, there would be even more cutbacks for the Fat Cats to ‘save money’.

  7. Communities can be so strong!

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  9. KL Caley says:

    You’re opening line is brilliant! Had me hooked straight away. Great response to the prompt. KL ❤

  10. Nice. Amazing what can happen with a little will power. 🙂

  11. Pamela Morse says:

    A great and upbeat story of renewal…wishing it true someplace

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