Retirement estate to be named after Wymondham rugby legend Bob Sutton
PUBLISHED: 13:05 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:15 29 August 2017
A retirement estate under construction in Wymondham will be named after rugby club legend and architect Bob Sutton, it has been announced.
Sutton Gardens, a 30-home development being built on land between Sutherlands nursing home and Waitrose on Norwich Road, will also include a cul-de-sac called Sutton Drive.
Mr Sutton, who died in 2012 aged 95, was heavily involved with Wymondham Rugby Football Club (WRFC). He was the club’s president for more than 10 years, and then named club patron.
Andrew Thomson, WRFC spokesman, said: “Bob was a huge part of this club and this town so it’s brilliant to see his name on the map.
“He was president of WRFC for more than 10 years and a great servant of rugby throughout Norfolk - a lot of us owe him a great deal.”
Mr Sutton trained as an architect before the outbreak of the Second World War, and then volunteered for the Royal Artillery Survey, training as a ‘flash spotter’ - someone who could determine the range of enemy guns by their flash.
He served in Italy, fighting in the Battle of Monte Cassino where his unit sustained heavy casualties, and afterwards met the Pope.
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After the war he returned to Norfolk and played rugby for Norwich Rugby Football Club (NRFC). He was a stalwart of the club for many years and a regular member of the committee.
He was also served as President of Norwich RFC for one year and was President of Norfolk RFU the following year,
Mr Sutton was instrumental in the NRFC joining with Rouen Rugby Club and was awarded the Medaille d’Honneur De La Jeunesse et Des Sports in 1966.
He was also the first chairman of the Norwich and Peterborough Building Society and was a senior partner at senior partner in Norwich architects J Owen Bond and Son.
Sutton Gardens is being built by McCarthy and Stone and Ortus Homes.
It consists of 19 two-bedroom bungalows, eight two-bedroom properties and three three-bedroom properties.
Cheryl Bissett, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone East Midlands, said: “We wanted to choose a name for our new development that was memorable, and would resonate with both Wymondham residents and future McCarthy and Stone homeowners.
“Our chosen name, Sutton Gardens, will serve as a celebration of the work of Bob Sutton – a topic future homeowners will be extremely interested in.”