Volunteers clean up for judges’ visit

Residents help tidy up Bedlington town centre. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.
Residents help tidy up Bedlington town centre. Picture by Simon Williams/Crest Photography.

Green-fingered volunteers rallied to help make a town centre look its blooming best.

Several community groups rallied together to clean up Bedlington ahead of a visit by Britain In Bloom judges.

The residents worked as a ‘clean up squad’ to ensure the town centre was free of litter while flowers were looking their best.

Volunteers from a number of community groups including Make A Noise for Bedlington, Bedlington in Bloom and West Bedlington Town Council set about removing the rubbish from the Front Street, Glebe Road, Vulcan Place and Schalksmuhle Road areas.

And within an hour they managed to collect 12 bin bags of rubbish to make sure that the centre was far more presentable to the distinguished visitors.

Wendy Reed, chair of Make a Noise for Bedlington, said: “Following the vandalism of some of the planters for Bedlington in Bloom there was a superb community effort to make sure these were replaced.

“We wanted to follow up and ensure the centre was as tidy and pleasant as possible, and to show others that the residents here are prepared to get stuck in to make sure our town is a delight.”

Following on from the news that development group Arch had bought the former Tesco site in the town, members of Make A Noise for Bedlington are hoping that by working with Northumberland County Council that local residents will see a regeneration of the town and a new development that will make it a vibrant town centre.