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Published on: Tuesday February 16, 2016

Clean for the Queen – call to action

A campaign to get a million people out and about cleaning up their communities is being backed by Cllr L Durham, Mayor of Macclesfield and David Rutley MP and Macclesfield Town Council.

Clean for The Queen aims to give the country a tidy-up ahead of The Queen’s 90th birthday in April.

The campaign, backed by organisations including the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPB, as well as businesses including McDonald’s, Costa, Greggs, KFC and Wrigley and anti-litter charities such as Keep Britain Tidy [change to Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy or Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful as appropriate] and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, was the biggest community-led clean-up the country has ever seen.

Supported by the Government, Clean for The Queen has also won the backing of councils across the UK and is centred on a weekend of activity from March 4th to 6th, 2016, With Macclesfield Town Council leading a litter pick in the town centre on Saturday 5th March from 3pm to 5pm around the Town Hall, Market Place and St Michael’s.

The council will be encouraging and supporting groups and individuals who want to ‘do their bit’ to help clear up the litter that blights our streets, parks and beaches.

Cllr Martin Hardy from Macclesfield Town Council said:

‘We are delighted to be supporting Clean for The Queen and we would encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations in Macclesfield to take part’. ‘We are encouraging all schools in Macclesfield to be involved on Friday March 04th 2016 by cleaning up their local areas and other organisations over the weekend of Saturday 05th and Sunday 06th March 2016.

Macclesfield Town Council is currently planning an event for Saturday 05th March 2016 in the Town Centre which will be attended by The Mayor, MP for Macclesfield and many of the Town Cllrs. We would like to see as many residents of Macclesfield as possible join us as we clean the streets’.

Clean for The Queen campaign director Adrian Evans said: ‘We hope a million people will join us in a mass litterpick to give our beautiful country the facelift it deserves.

Litter is a problem that councils across the UK spend the best part of £1billion clearing up every year. By taking part in Clean for The Queen and clearing up the country, individuals and communities will not only be giving The Queen a suitably impressive gift to mark her 90th birthday, they will also be giving themselves and their area a present – a clean space in which to live, work and play.’

TV presenter and fervent anti-litter campaigner Kirstie Allsopp said:

‘I really hope that as many people as possible will join in with this fantastic campaign. ‘I litter-pick with my family regularly and it really can be good fun. It’s a great way for children to start to understand the impact litter has on our environment and the harm it can do.’

 

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