Taking pride in one’s town or village is of utmost importance, so it has been nice to see the number of people giving their time to help tidy up.
Last week, the Gazette reported on the Big Beach Clean Up, which was part of a national campaign by the Surfers Against Sewage.
And this week, we see that the Alnwick Spring Clean has taken place – with the area now looking much better than it did. I know regular cleans take place throughout the year and thanks must be given to those who take part.
But it is also great to see big groups of volunteers – from many different sectors of our society – working together.
North Northumberland is a beautiful place and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
And this is one of many reasons why the clean-ups take place.
Some may question why the county council doesn’t do it, but it does.
It carries out regular street cleans and looks after the area, but unfortunately cannot do it all the time.
I don’t like visiting places that are covered in litter and look uninviting, so I don’t want the area I live in to look like that either.
Not only do we have visitors, but Alnwick is also on the list for Northumbria in Bloom’s judging. The Alnwick in Bloom team works tirelessly to make the town look good in time for their arrival – which is taking place today.
It is also great to see young people taking part.
Members of North Northumberland District Explorers, Guides, Brownies, Scouts and more have been out and about.
Far too often young people get labelled as being lazy and belligerent.
But we have some brilliant youngsters who are the complete opposite.
And the one thing that will make all of this worthwhile is if everyone takes pride in where they live.
It really infuriates me when I see people throwing aside litter just yards from a bin or dropping rubbish when trying to put it in the bin and not picking it up.
Dog mess also adds to the annoyance and I have voiced my opinions on that often in this column.
Unfortunately, there will always be people who just aren’t bothered, and that’s a shame, but hopefully they are in the minority.