Over the weekend, people across North Devon donned gloves, picked up tools and set out to make our region a brighter place to live.

In Bideford, on Sunday, they took to the streets for the 'Clean for the Queen' event to mark Her Majesty's 90th birthday.

Meanwhile, Barnstaple is gearing up for a blitz on grot spots with the launch of the town council's annual Tidy Up Our Town week.

Sticklepath residents have been doing their bit polishing up all the royally-named road signs in Tower View and descending on the streets with litter pickers at the ready.

In Ilfracombe, the Green Team took special delivery of a ride-on mower, garden machinery and tools ready to tackle the public spaces in the town in need of cleaning.

It all ties in with the Gazette's Love North Devon Campaign that also encourages people to do their bit where they live.

North Devon Council's executive member for environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: "I am delighted with the response North Devon has given in support of the 'Clean for the Queen' campaign.

"Although the main weekend of the campaign was in March, 
it's great to see this good community work continuing and gathering momentum, with clean-ups 
being organised over the coming months.

"I hope others will be encouraged to follow suit and keep their communities clean."

Turn to pages 26 and 27 for more clean-up pictures