Spalding volunteers ready to do Great British Spring Clean

SPRING CLEAN: Youngsters from the 4th Spalding Cubs are joining the Great British Spring Clean initiative.  Photo supplied.
SPRING CLEAN: Youngsters from the 4th Spalding Cubs are joining the Great British Spring Clean initiative. Photo supplied.

Spalding will be a hive of activity this weekend when dozens of volunteers will be making the town spotless.

A purge of empty crisp packets, plastic bottles and sweet wrappers by groups of litter pickers will be taking place on Saturday as part of The Great British Spring Clean.

Launched last year under the name Clean for the Queen to mark her 90th birthday, the campaign is taking place here as the Spalding Spring Spruce-Up.

But youngsters in the town started early after the 4th Spalding Cubs went litter picking by torchlight across Monkshouse Playing Field yesterday (Wednesday).

Cubs’ group leader Christine Gratton said: “We’ve done litter picks before, including one for the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.

“We contacted Spalding in Bloom chairman Coun Angela Newton about The Greatest British Spring Clean and told her we’d like to be involved.

We contacted Spalding in Bloom chairman Coun Angela Newton about The Greatest British Spring Clean and told her we’d like to be involved

Christine Gratton, Group Leader, 4th Spalding Cubs

“Our Cubs always enjoy doing litter picks but yesterday we did it differently by going out with torches.”

On Saturday, one group of volunteers will be litter picking in Hannam Boulevard, Bourne Road and Carrington Road, while another group will be in Park Road, with both groups starting at 1pm.

Then volunteers will join forces with the Spotless Spalding group to tidy up the footbridge area in St John’s Road from 2pm.

Coun Newton said: “Frequently when we have clean-ups, the cubs do it at Monkshouse Playing Fields because their leaders see it as a way of encouraging them to be nice and tidy.

“I’m also pleased that some volunteers will be working in several other areas of Spalding to support the Great British Clean-Up.”

Coun Jack McLean, of the Spotless Spalding group, said: “I really hope there is a good turnout for this clean-up which will tackle the land under St John’s Road footbridge which so many of us have been eager to do.”