Let’s be a borough of old scrubbers, says Captain Sensible

Captain Sensible has called on the people of Croydon to “get up off their arses” and take up their scrubbing brushes, their brooms and buckets, and start to get the borough cleaner, doorstep by doorstep.

Get off your arses, Croydon! Captain Sensible has always been known for his happy, happy talk

Get off your arses, Croydon! Captain Sensible has always been known for his happy, happy talk

The former Damned frontman is due to attend the official unveiling of the Sensible Seat, a park bench named in his honour on a piece of reclaimed waste ground opposite his old school, the one-time Stanley Tech in South Norwood, this Saturday.

And the Captain, also known as Raymond Burns, wants the whole of Croydon to be more “old school” when it comes to taking pride in our neighbourhood, starting with a bar of carbolic on our own doorsteps.

“Despite this event being a bit tongue in cheek, I do believe that people shouldn’t just wait on their local council to keep everything in their area looking nice and dandy,” Captain Sensible wrote on Facebook.

“If folk don’t wish to live in squalor, get off your arses and tidy the place up yourselves,” he said.

“Fifty years ago, owners of terraced houses used to scrub their portion of the pavement right down to the gutter… they all did, and working class streets positively sparkled in those days.

“Often derided as a lazy b****rd, even I am occasionally seen with a bin liner clearing up burger cartons and Coca-Cola cups where I live. In fact, I get some small sense of pride out of having made the street a little bit nicer.”

It is a point of view which chimes with the South Norwood Tourist Board, Crystal Palace Transition Team and the ever-busy Robert Gibson, who have done much of the work to transform one small corner of South Norwood to create the Sensible Garden. There is even some echo of the “Don’t Mess With Croydon – Take Pride” slogan recently adopted by the council.

“You usually have to wait until you’re dead and gone before receiving your own bench with name on and all that,” Sensible said. “But protocol has been overlooked in my case, probably in the interests of a jolly up in the pub after the grand opening.”


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1 Response to Let’s be a borough of old scrubbers, says Captain Sensible

  1. catswiskas says:

    I’m with the Captain on this one. Take action yourself and make a difference! By the way, anyone over there in South Norwood who lives near the recently ‘pimped-up’ Sensible Garden: please take time during this hot spell to fill a watering can (or two) and water the new planting. Thanks! We use it or lose it.

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