Volunteers get Grantham looking its best in time for the Diamond Jubilee

Grantham Rivercare saw a record number of volunteers help with the weekend clean-up.
Grantham Rivercare saw a record number of volunteers help with the weekend clean-up.

A RECORD number of volunteers chose to spend a beautiful sunny Saturday clearing up the mess of others along the River Witham.

A total of 23 Grantham Rivercare volunteers gave up their time in an effort to get the town looking its best before this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

John Knowles of Grantham Rivercare said: “The mission for the day was to clean up our adopted stretch in readiness for the Jubilee celebrations the following weekend.

“The task was made a great deal easier by yet another record number of people who came along. It is most encouraging that so many people are prepared to give up their time on a Saturday morning to keep the town, and particularly our river, in good shape.”

The volunteers started in front of the flats between Stonebridge Road and St Catherine’s Road.

Mr Knowles said: “What a disgusting state it was in with piles of bottles, cans and other rubbish left over from the previous day’s users.

“Why on earth do those who come out on a lovely day to enjoy themselves in a nice spot by the river not think of others and take their litter home with them?

“I know that the council cleans up this area every day and yet still it is not enough.”

The group were joined by seven new volunteers and in total they collected 14 sacks of rubbish.