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MAYOR IN CLEAN-UP CAMPAIGN FOR TOWNS; Get your hands dirty and tidy up,says Pat.

Byline: By STEVE EVANS

PEOPLE throughout Nuneaton and Bedworth are being urged to take personal pride in their community by getting their hands dirty.

The call is being made by the borough's mayor, Cllr Pat Henry, who turned up at a community clean-up effort at the weekend armed with a litter pick.

The mayor was at Whittleford Park, Stockingford, on Saturday, to help with the clean-up organised by the newly-formed Friends of Whittleford Park.

Visitors collected free clean-up kits at the Queen Elizabeth Road car park and Vale View Community Centre.

Today, Cllr Henry said: "This was a wonderful initiative. It was marvellous seeing people taking a pride in their community and willing to get their hands dirty.

"I would love to see something like this happening all over the borough."

Yvonne Everitt, secretary of the group, said: "Our main priority was to make more people aware of why the park is so special and to encourage them to get involved with its upkeep."

Other attractions included displays, a car crusher and goodie bags for children.

Gillian Rutledge, environmental officer for the county council said: "We have had lots of problems in the park with abandoned cars and fly tipping which is why we have the car crushing display on hand. We hope it will help to blitz the whole area and keep the park clean and tidy for everyone."

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DN9461_1. CLEAN SWEEP: (from left) Mark Rattray, Cllr Pat Henry, Keris Witton, Ann Miller, John Miller and Gillian Rutledge. Picture: : DARRYL SMITH
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