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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Dalton’s clean-up queen nominated for award

A FORMER mayor who has dedicated her time to keeping her town tidy has been nominated for a Love Barrow Award.

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TIDYING: Councillor Liz Young, who organised a clean up campaign for Dalton over the weekend – is pictured (right) with her team of helpers JON GRANGER REF: 50012989B000

Dalton town councillor Liz Young has been put forward for Environmental Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her tireless efforts to clean up the town.

Cllr Young, who has lived in Dalton since 1983 and been a councillor for around six years, set up the Dalton Tidy Group in October last year after noticing the town had started to look a bit run-down.

The 65-year-old, of Greystone Lane, Dalton, said: “The whole area had started to look derelict.

“Weeds were growing up, there was litter everywhere and I know these things can very quickly get worse and worse if nothing’s done about them. I kept picking litter up and I thought, if I get a like-minded group of people together, we could help.”

The Dalton Tidy Group does a tidy-up somewhere in the town on the first Sunday of every month.

They prioritise areas in need of attention, which have previously included the weed-ridden cobbles near to Dalton Castle and leaf-covered pavements in the town centre.

In between clean-ups, each member takes responsibility for looking after the area of the town they live in.

The group has also taken on the upkeep of the plantings on the platforms of Dalton Railway Station.

Cllr Young was nominated for her award by Dalton PCSOs Louise Perry and John McVea.

They said: “Liz is doing her best to enhance the look of Dalton, which benefits all residents and also for the people travelling through Dalton.

“She deserves to be acknowledged for all the long hours and hard work she puts in to her local community.”

Responding to her nomination, Cllr Young said: “It means an awful lot, it means people are noticing what we’re doing.

“It’s not just me, there’s a whole group of us and I couldn’t do it without them.

“That people are aware of what we’re doing, and that they appreciate it, is just so nice.”

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