VOLUNTEERS braved the autumn rain over the weekend to take part in the second of this year’s Winsford litter picks.

“There were about 16 people out-and-about collecting litter from locations across Winsford,” said John Malam, chairman of the Friends of Winsford Park, who organised the clean-up.

“Equipment was loaned by Cheshire West’s Your Streets toolbank and we used the Town Park viewing platform as the pick-up and drop-off point.”

John estimates that between 30 and 40 sacks were filled,with litter collected from the streets and open spaces of Wharton and Over, the Flashes, Marina, High Street, Wyvern House, New Road and the railway station.

Katie Abbott, 10, picked up litter from the subway near her school, High Street Primary, and from around the town library.

“We had a few unexpected items in the bagging area, including two stray traffic cones, a car bumper, an A-board, UPVC offcuts, and a Homer Simpson toy from 2003!" said John.

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“It was a great community effort. The Friends will again be organising two litter-picks next year, with the first one over the weekend of April 4 and 5 to coincide with the national Keep Britain Tidy campaign.”