Royal launch for ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign at Old Bell Inn

A SPECIAL ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign was given a royal launch at the historic Old Bell Inn at Delph as locals lay down plans to tidy up the area.

Community groups, organisations and schools have already signed up to carry out litter picks and clean ups over the weekend of March 4-6 ahead of Her Majesty’s birthday in April.

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Debbie Abrahams MP and The Old Bell owner Phil Whiteman fly the flag with Saddleworth School pupils as they are joined by Phillida Shipp, Peter Killan, Cllr Keith Lucas, Aileen Fryer, Phil Whiteman, Cllr Nikki Kirkham, Cllr Paul Fryer and Cllr Pam Byrne to launch the campaign

“What better place to launch the campaign than at a pub where Queen Victoria once stayed in 1835 with her mother on her way up to York,” explained organiser Cllr Paul Fryer.

“I’m excited to have launched it and now we need to let people know what’s happening and get them involved.

“If every citizen in Saddleworth picked up just one piece of litter over the weekend it would make a tremendous difference.

“We’ve got organisations involved already, including GGRA, Springhead and Grotton, and Saddleworth School but we’re hoping to get more primary schools to join in.”

The campaign was officially launched with the help of councillors, locals and Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams.

And Saddleworth School Year Seven pupils Zach Eckersley, Joseph Eckersley, Grace Thackeray, Ella Dibden and Erin Pereira joined the event to find out more.

They are in charge of coordinating clean-up projects for pupils in Uppermill on Friday, March 4 as part of the campaign.

Saddleworth Parish Council and the Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership are backing the campaign and encouraging groups and individuals to get involved. Events across the community will be confirmed closer to the time.

‘Clean for the Queen’ is being adopted by communities across the country and has the national backing of the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPB.

Further details of events in Saddleworth will be available on the Facebook page of the Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership, and the websites of Oldham Council and Saddleworth Parish Council.

To get involved, call the Saddleworth Parish Council: 01457 87666.


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