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Cumbria schoolchildren join campaign to tidy area and lift civic pride

ONE of the biggest community projects to take place in south Cumbria will see hundreds of residents take to the streets armed with litter picks, gloves and brooms.

SHINING EXAMPLES Pupils and teachers from Penny Bridge C of E Primary School donned rubber gloves, Big Clean T-shirts and armed themselves with black bags and grabbers when they took to nearby streets and community areas for the Big Clean last year. Above, pupils with trainee teacher Harry Pickup LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50034995B007

The Evening Mail’s Big Clean 2013 is launching on Saturday and it seems there is no shortage of volunteers willing to lend a hand in the efforts.

Schools, businesses and other local groups are all supporting the campaign to keep our streets and green spaces safe, with clean-up events taking place across the area for the next month.

Over the coming weeks, residents will tackle littering and fly-tipping to restore civic pride and stop wheelie bin fires from being started in the town.

The multi-agency operation launches on Saturday with residents asked to meet in Barrow Town Hall car park at 10am for a big cleaning blitz.

PC Eric McKinley, who has organised the event this weekend, is hoping residents get involved and tackle the worst affected areas of the town.

He said: “We want as many people in the community to get their rubber gloves on and get involved as possible.

“The Big Clean is all about community involvement so we want groups, businesses and schools to take part.

“Parts of the town need attention. The event (on Saturday) is all about residents choosing which areas need the most cleaning.”

This year the Evening Mail has again teamed up with Barrow Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council and the Lake District National Park Authority to co-ordinate the event, with Centrica the main sponsors.

Barrow Borough Council is backing the campaign as keeping the borough clean costs the authority about £900,000 every year. But it’s not just adults getting involved in the project.

Pupils at Greengate Infant School will lend a hand on Friday as will Yarlside Primary School on Wednesday October 9.

Caroline Hoggarth, headteacher of Greengate Infant School, said: “We think it is important to get children involved in the wider issues of the community and show them why we need to keep our environment safe.

“Getting involved in the Big Clean will promote that. For the Year Two class, it is part of their citizenship work and will show them how to be a responsible citizen in your own community.”

To find out how you can get involved in The Big Clean email jonathan.robinson@cnmedia.co.uk.

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