Melrose clean-up brings out tidy number

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THERE has been the usual enthusiastic response from 300 volunteers young and old this week to assist with the spring clean of Melrose and surrounding villages.

Organised by the community council in conjunction with National Spring Clean, the purge on litter covers an area from Lowood Bridge to Leaderfoot and from Gattonside to the Eildons.

Sections of the area have been given to each volunteer, individual or group, and they are deciding when, during this week to tidy their patch.

The community council has a store of tools and gloves are donated by a local dentist and vet. These are supplemented by extra tools, gloves, bin-bags and a skip from Scottish Borders Council. Small bags for children are donated by Bank of Scotland, Melrose. The criminal justice team and SB Local are also giving valuable help.

“By the end of the week, a lot of unsightly litter will have been removed and, by the time every member of a youth group, club, society, pupils from representative classes from the two schools in the town and individual volunteers are all counted, a staggering 300 or so people will have taken part,” said community council treasurer Val Miller.

“Everyone deserves thanks for their worthwhile achievements. This is a community effort indeed”, she added.