Torrential rain didn’t deter two eager groups of litter pickers from collecting mountains of rubbish in blitzes around Monks House Playing Field and the riverbank in Spalding.
More than 20 bags of rubbish were collected in Saturday’s combined Clean for the Queen event, which aims to get the country looking its best for Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.
The 4th Spalding Cubs were joined by Spalding in Bloom chairman Angela Newton to tackle Monks House.
Coun Newton said: “The rain threw down around 12-ish, then we had a dry spell, a shower, sun and then it started raining heavily again.
“At the end of the litter pick, eight bags of litter and a recycling box of glass had been collected.”
Coun Jack McLean and his Spotless Spalding group picked up a dozen or more bags of litter after setting out in driving rain from a spot near High Bridge.
Coun McLean said: “When combined with the work of the Cubs in Monks House and the help we had from Spalding Round Table, this was undoubtedly a community achievement to remember.
“It’s fair to say the weather was not on our side but these volunteers are always happy to show what matters most when it comes to pulling together and getting a good job done.”
Following the litter picks, all of the volunteers were treated to a buffet lunch at the Pennygate Foundation in Pennygate.
Christine Gratton, of the 4th Spalding Cubs, said: “The Cubs always enjoy litter picking though it was more challenging on Saturday due to the rain and mud.
“The time they spent will count towards their Community Impact badge. A big thank you to Coun Angela Newton and Coun Jack Mclean who provided the buffet lunch which was enjoyed by all.”
Following the litter picks, Coun McLean had a message from volunteer Sarah Walker.
Sarah said: “After the Clean for the Queen event my children Harry and Emma, and their friend Lottie Wallace, continued to clean the whole of Pennygate on their way home.
“Emily has started her own litter picking group at school after being inspired by her grandad, John Cooper, who cleans Pinchbeck Road every weekend.”
• Clean for the Queen is an initiative from Keep Britain Tidy. Coun McLean formed Spotless Spalding last year.