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Not a blade of green grass on bowling greens in Cleethorpes as bowlers end up in a rut without rain

Bowling greens at Sussex Recreation Ground in Cleethorpes are brown and the driest ever seen after a month without rain.

It has been exactly a month since the last drop of rain fell on North East Lincolnshire.

The drought has caused bowling greens at Sussex Recreational grounds in Cleethorpes to turn brown.

Bowlers say it is like bowling on concrete.

Chairman of Sussex Pavilion Community Group, Steve Pygott said he tried to irrigate the green, which is run by his group of volunteers, but it had no impact.

“When you walk on it it you can hear the grass cracking under your feet,” he said.

He added: “I have never seen it as brown as this. The ground is as hard as anything and is cracking. They run really fast. It is like bowling on concrete.

“But with no rain for so long, there is nothing you can do. It is just our English weather.”

He told how the two greens at the rear of the park are owned and managed by North East Lincolnshire Council.

They suspended cutting because it would do more harm to the surface of the greens.

The two greens nearest the pavilion are run by the charity group but only one is in use.

Keen bowlers have tried to play on it without much success.

Mr Pygott said: “They will come back as long as the roots stay there.

“You can understand the council, without much staff or resources suspending their work on the greens.”

The first rains in over a month are expected to descend on North East Lincolnshire in the next few days, according to forecasters.

The Pavilion will be the venue for regular Thursday fun events for young people during the summer holidays.

Humbeside Police, Grimsby Town FC in the Community and North East Lincolnshire Council have teamed up for 5-a-side football.