A record number of volunteers, including staff from fast food outlets, were out in force for Southport’s Rubbish Friends on their latest litter pick.

The clean-up campaign, now in its fourth year and still going strong, was led by Lib Dem Councillors Pat Keith and Sue McGuire and targeted the area under the pier which was so litter-strewn that the volunteers filled 48 refuse bags and also had to dispose of a dumped pushchair.

“ Around 30 people answered  the call for this litter pick, including volunteers from KFC and McDonalds, and we needed every one of them because the amount of litter we discovered under the pier was disgraceful,”  said Councillor Keith.

“ It was very dispiriting to see how unsightly the area  was when we arrived.  I just wish that people would have a stronger sense of civic pride and dispose of their litter in a proper manner using the many bins distributed around the town.”

Councillor Keith’s colleague, Councillor Sue McGuire said:  “We’re grateful to the staff from the nearby fast food outlets for turning out and they certainly showed they were just as fast in clearing the litter. They didn’t make a meal of it !”

“ If you take pride in your town and would like to be a rubbish friend to Southport  please get in touch.  As well as helping to make the town sparkle it’s great exercise in good company.”

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