It would be quite amazing if the judges for the Village of the Year competition did not leave Shotley suitably impressed on the hottest July day on record.
Dozens of people from a large number of groups, clubs and organistations were on hand to help guide the judges, made up of four Babergh district councillors, along with communities council officer Jo Beevers.
In order to see as much of our wonderful village as possible, the judges were split into two groups and came together at the end of the whsitle stop tour at the HMS Ganges Museum for some much needed refreshments, with home made cake going down well, along with Barrie Powell's honey and mead.
Geriant Pugh, who coordinated the afternoon, said: "We were honoured to show such a delightful group of people our lovely village.
"The pride we have in Shotley was evident with so many people giving up their valuable time to help host the judges. It is true when it is said if you want something done ask a busy person because even though so many lead busy lives they still found time to come out and promote the village as a whole.
"Although it was not really surprising, it was still really gratfying to see such marvellous community spirit. I want to pass on my thanks to everyone who helped out."
We will let you know as soon as possible how Shotley fared.