AN ENTHUSIASTIC band of litter pickers have helped prepare a village for its Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Volunteers collected about 20 bin bags full of rubbish from the centre of Irchester in two hours on Saturday ahead of the village’s Jubilee celebrations this weekend.
Borough councillor Jon-Paul Carr, who led the eight villagers in the clean-up, said: “It looks smarter, fresher, cleaner and gives a better impression of what the village offers to residents and visitors.”
The villagers used high visibility vests, litter pickers and gloves provided by Wellingborough Council to clear High Street, part of Wollaston Road, Baker Crescent, School Lane, School Road and associated alleyways.
Road sweepers from Wellingborough Norse, the private company that provides street cleaning services to the council, had cleared the street that morning, but there was plenty of rubbish missed by their vehicles in nooks, crannies and hedgerows.
Cllr Carr, 35, ward councillor for Irchester, said: “It’s surprising.
“It’s silly little bits in grass verges and hedgerows. Little bits in cracks.
“It’s dealing with the bits the road sweeper doesn’t pick up.”
The group, which also included Cllr Richard Elliott, mostly found cigarette butts and takeaway wrappers.
But despite their work some rubbish remained.
Cllr Carr said: “If I had it my way I’d go back with a shovel and brush to get those silly little bits up.”
A street market will set up in the village on Saturday.
A flower festival will be held in St Katharine’s Church on Sunday in celebration of the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.
There will also be Morris dancers, a magician and a first aid demonstration to entertain visitors to the street market.
The village’s Brownies have pledged to continue the clean-up ahead of the celebrations.
To help out meet outside the church in High Street at 6.30pm on Thursday.