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Canal clean up brings Shelley Road together

Posted on - 28th June, 2017 - 9:03pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Charities, Events, News, Tulketh, Wildlife and Conservation
Volunteers cleaning up the canal in Ashton-on-Ribble
Volunteers cleaning up the canal in Ashton-on-Ribble

Hundreds of pieces of glass, beer cans and a shopping trolley have been fished out of the canal at Preston.

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Dozens of Shelley Road residents joined a clean up of the Lancaster Canal at Ashton-on-Ribble.

Supported by Preston City Council and the Canal and River Trust the clean up was part of The Great Get Together – inspired by the death of MP Jo Cox in June last year.

More than 30 residents from the Shelley Road area joined the clean up on Saturday (17 June) and the canal is looking much better as a result.

Following the clean up a stretch of Shelley Road was closed for a Bring Your Own Bangers, Burgers and Booze party.

The canal clean up crew from Shelley Road
The canal clean up crew from Shelley Road

Kate Rosindale, one of the organisers, said: “It was the first time many of the neighbours had met, despite some of them having lived here for five, ten or even 20 years. The feedback about the day was incredibly positive, and it seemed to really create a feel good factor among everyone who attended.

“We also took the time to remember Jo Cox and her belief that we have more in common than that which divides us.”

“A “Shelley Road Residents” Facebook page has been set up and there are plans to continue the combination of cleaning and socialising.

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“We’re thinking of buying litter collection equipment for the street with a donation we received from an attendee who’d read about the event on Blog Preston.

“It really feels as though it could be the start of building a stronger and more responsible community in our little part of the world. Hopefully that’s a fitting tribute to Jo.”

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