Keeping the Torch route tidy

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COMMUNITY clean-up volunteers are needed to show Northumberland at its best for the Olympic Torch Relay.

Northumberland County Council has dispatched teams to ensure the Torch route is clean and tidy and its street sweeping staff will be making last minute checks before the relay comes through.

But with the eyes of the world on the county for the event, local people have been asked to play their part to ensure streets are in pristine order. They are also invited to clean routes after the Torch has passed.

Council Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services Alan Thompson said: “For 70 days the iconic flame is being carried through villages, towns and cities across the UK with the eyes of the world watching. As it passes through Northumberland we need the support of everyone to make sure the county is seen at its best.

“Our street cleaning teams will be making sure that the Torch relay route through Northumberland is clean and tidy and we welcome the support of local communities in ensuring that our county is litter free.”

People can clean for any time, even if it is just around their workplace or street.

They can upload photographs of their effort to Keep Britain Tidy’s Show The World webpage, including details of how many took part, how much rubbish was collected and the distance covered. Log onto

The county council can also support litter picking by providing equipment. Call 0845 600 6400 or visit for details.