The BIG tidy success
LIKE sheriffs in the Wild West, hundreds of volunteers were cleaning up the streets in a massive city-wide effort.
Instead of pistols, volunteers across Peterborough were armed with litter pickers and bin bags for the week-long Big Tidy Up event.
Not one empty can or discarded crisp packet escaped attention, as the volunteers who took part in the Big Tidy Up left no stone unturned in their quest for city cleanliness.
The event took place last week, ending on Saturday.
It was Peterborough’s first ever Big Tidy Up and was organised by Peterborough’s Council for Voluntary Service (PCVS).
They issued an appeal for participants several weeks ago and were swamped with volunteers eager to take part in making their neighbourhoods cleaner places to live.
Schools, community groups and local city councillors were among those who took to the streets.
All residents who took part were asked to commit two hours to litter picking in their area during the series of planned clean-ups, held between May 24 and 30.
Groups in Stanground, Newark, Werrington and Orton Brimbles were among those running tidy up events and everyone from children to staff from local businesses volunteered their time.
According to PCVS, city businesses including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Wilkinsons, the Co-op and RSA insurance firm have shown an interest in running their own events in future
ready to work: Big Tidy Up volunteers at Heritage Park Primary School (front) Taylor Dent (5) and (back from left) Jordan Butters, Naomi Jones, Chris York, Dave Dent and Chris Harper. (METP-2905-10BD300)
in the bag: Harry Howarth and Emily Rhodes (front) and Class 6 pupils at Matley Primary School tidy up their area. (METP-25-05-10AS040)
Positive action: Members of the Positively their area. (METP-25-05-10RH51)
tidy teaM: Paul Spencer, Paul Geary and Tracey Croucher litter pick in Skaters Way, Werrington. (METP-28-05-10BD200).
ground force: Newark Hill Primary School pupils litter pick in the playground. (METP-24-05-10AS017)