Town tidy up was the ‘best yet’

Hundreds of people join forces to help make Barnstaple sparkle

MORE than 650 people took part in what has been hailed Barnstaple’s biggest and best Tidy Up Our Town week.

The fourth annual event, organised by Barnstaple Town Council’s Environment Committee, was launched at the Guildhall on Monday week and finished with a “Big Bash” on the Square on Saturday.

Councillors, primary school children, businesses and voluntary organisations were among the many that made the event such a success.

Cllr Ricky Knight, the town council’s environment committee chairman, said: “Tidy Up Our Town is going from strength to strength and this was our best year yet.

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“Many Thanks to all the schools, church groups, residents’ associations and volunteers who made it such a fantastic success.

“We are already planning for next year’s event which will be even bigger and better.”

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Among the areas of Barnstaple to receive a tidy were Frankmarsh and Gorwell; Anchor Woods; the area surrounding Barnstaple Baptist Church; Old Station Road; North Devon District Hospital; Walnut Way and Woolbarn Lawn.

Primary schools took part in a mural painting project, graffiti was removed from the Longbridge underpass and the town’s new outdoor operative, Fred Grimwood painted litterbins along the Strand. Four light columns and two telephone boxes were also restored to their former glory.

Des Wiseman was presented with the town council’s first ever Eco Citizen in recognition of the many hours he volunteers inspecting the parish paths maintained by the council.

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