Volunteers help get Rotherham ship-shape

Published Thursday, 5th May 2016
Clean for the Queen town centre
Volunteers, partners and staff at the Town Centre clean up

Residents and members of the local business community pulled together with Rotherham Council staff to help "Clean for the Queen" in the town centre.

Around 30 volunteers joined Streetpride staff over two days on 23 and 24 April, to spruce up areas of Rotherham town centre, picking litter and grubbing out weeds.

Litter pickers, gloves and bin bags were provided by the Council while free refreshments including hot drinks, cakes and strawberries were donated by local businesses and Rotherham Markets. 

The Council’s Chief Executive, Sharon Kemp, was among those taking part in the weekend clean up, and said she was “delighted” to be involved in the community event.

"It was great to see so many local people and businesses getting involved in this event, and I'd like to thank everyone who gave up their time to take part," she said.

"We've been supporting Keep Britain Tidy's 'Clean for the Queen'campaign this spring, but of course keeping Rotherham clean is something we work hard on all year round, not just on special occasions.

"Now we've cleaned for the Queen I hope that everyone will join us to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday in June with the ‘Right Royal Vintage Hop’ event."

Meanwhile Wentworth Valley Area Assembly and the Council’s housing partner Willmott Dixon also held a Clean for the Queen event at Flanderwell on April 21. Flanderwell Primary School children joined staff from the various organisations taking part in tidying up the area. The Council supports community litter picks at any time and can provide all the necessary equipment.

The Vintage Hop returns to Rotherham for its third year on Saturday June 11, with a royal twist to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.

Live entertainment will be run throughout the day, including the George Formby Experience, Elvis Once More and The Darling Dollies. There will also be a street party with tables and chairs down Effingham Street (bring your own picnic), an eclectic and quirky vintage market, children's entertainment, fantastic vintage vehicle display and more! 

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