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Spalding Wombles see stars

A group of litter pickers who have been dedicated to keeping the streets clean have been recognised nationally.

Although The Wombles of Spalding Common have been the hot topic in South Holland for the past few months, they have now found national fame after the BBC became aware of their efforts.

Members of the group, which has collected more than 2,000 members since it was set up at the start of the year, were interviewed for BBC Look North where a piece shown on Friday highlighted the battle they are facing day in, day out, when it comes to litter.

Wombles at Castle Sports Centre, Spalding (43930649)
Wombles at Castle Sports Centre, Spalding (43930649)

Sam Roberts, a member of the group, was interviewed by the team but didn’t expect the story to go national until it was shown on BBC Breakfast on Saturday morning.

He said: “We had been put forward for Look North so we spoke to them and they said there had been some national interest in us too.

“I didn’t think much more about that until Saturday morning when it went mental!

“We had people wanting to join the group from all over the country within about half an hour of it being shown. People were messaging from all over to say what an amazing job we are doing and that they wanted to start up their own Wombles group in their area.

“It was great to be on national TV. Womble fever is being caught across the country!”

The group has grown from strength to strength over the past few months, with the demand for litter pickers skyrocketing.

Sam said: “We held two meetings at the weekend and there were around 50 people at each one so there’s no signs of it slowing down.

“We’ve received so many donations from businesses and it’s been amazing - we really need that help as we are currently ordering 96 pickers almost every two days!

“South Holland District Council have also been really supportive and they always pick up bags and get any fly tipping sorted that we mention, so we’d like to thank them for that.

“We are now looking at getting representatives in place for different wards in the town just so that they can keep an eye out for areas which need addressing and can let us know about them.

“The future is looking good for the Wombles!”

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