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Volunteers all set to clean for the Queen

Volunteers will be turning out in force in support of the "Clean for the Queen" anti-litter campaign next month (March).

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Several Street Pride groups have already organised events for the national campaign's special clean-up weekend of March 4-6 and more people are being encouraged to join them.

Organisers of "Clean for the Queen" hope to get a million individuals involved in the weekend, which aims to tidy up Britain in time for the monarch's 90th birthday on April 21.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: "All our regular Street Pride, In Bloom and Friends volunteers do a fantastic job week in, week out, helping to keep Fenland clean and tidy. But this is a great opportunity for a lot of others to lend a hand, too.

"This is obviously a very special year for the Queen and the campaign is designed to be both a gift for her and one that will benefit us all. So we want to play our part and get as many people involved as possible."

The weekend's activities will kick off on Friday, March 4, when volunteers from the Waterlees In Bloom and Street Pride group will be litterpicking and planting flowers in the area. Pupils from Orchards Primary School will also be helping. They will meet at the Oasis Centre in Wisbech at 12.30pm.

Two other events are scheduled for the opening day. The Hereward Community Rail Partnership is holding a "Community Clear Up" day at Whittlesea Station, tidying land that will eventually become a community garden. Volunteers will meet at the station car park at 10.30am.

And March's Street Pride group will be out and about as well, meeting at the George Campbell Centre at 10am.

On Saturday, March 5,Manea Street Pride will be staging a "Royal Rumble", litterpicking around the village's park and the Pit. They will meet at Rumours Café at 10am.

Whittlesea Street Pride will also be conducting a general clean-up that day, meeting at the Buttercross at 10am. And volunteers from the Chatteris Street Pride and In Bloom group will do their bit, too, meeting outside the Town Council Chamber at 10am.

On Sunday, March 6, it will be Leverington Street Pride's turn, meeting at the village's sports and social club at 10.30am.

·         Have you got something planned? Call Rebecca Robinett, Fenland District Council's Street Pride coordinator, on 01354 654321 or email rrobinett@fenland.gov.uk

Article added February 5, 2016