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Community spirit alive and kicking during town tidy

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Volunteers turned out in force at the weekend to give Alnwick a spring clean ahead of the tourist season.

More than 70 bags of waste, plus items such as cones and old signs, were collected during the town tidy-up on Sunday.

The spruce-up targeted key areas, such as the bus station and the town centre itself, including the Market Place and Fenkle Street.

In a show of true community spirit, more than 50 hardy souls turned out to give a helping hand on the day.

Mayor of Alnwick Bill Grisdale said: “It was a fantastic turnout and it demonstrated that there is great deal of civic pride in the town.

“I would like to say a big thank-you to all involved.”

The event was organised by Alnwick Town Council in partnership with Northumberland County Council, which provided equipment.

It was supported by Alnwick Chamber of Trade, Alnwick Area Friends of the Earth, Alnwick in Bloom, Alnwick Civic Society and Local Living.

Others involved included town councillors and staff, residents, scouts and guides from Alnwick, young firefighters,the town’s Yorkshire Building Society branch and Alnwick Rotary Club.

The tidy-up has been held in the town over the last few years and was originally an Alnwick Chamber of Trade initiative.

Chamber chairman Carlo Biagioni said: “The town was starting to look a bit tatty so this is a great thing to do.

“I am really happy because there was such a turnout and a great atmosphere at the weekend.

“This initiative was started three years ago by the chamber of trade and I remember the first time we did this there were only 12 people.

“But on Sunday you were talking about 50 people, with lots of groups and organisations involved.”

The event also helped to give the town a fresh look ahead of today’s Northumbria in Bloom spring judging.

l See also Letters, Pages 20 and 21.

 

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