Photo: Cllr Sue McGuire, Tracy Holgate, Cllr Tony Dawson & Cllr Pat Keith

Southport’s acclaimed Rubbish Friends are joining forces with the town’s Hoteliers Association and Lord Street Gardeners to ensure the town is blooming lovely!

The three organisations have targeted Bath Street and surrounding areas as their  clean-up priorities in time for the launch of the Halloween spectacular Spookport.

The seasonal celebration, organised by Southport BID, begins with a Spookport Parade on October 24 and runs to November 2, comprising more than 50 events at venues across the town and Bath Street has been targeted for the clean-up.

“Bath Street is often overlooked in terms of regeneration but it plays a key role in accommodating visitors to Southport with its range of bed and breakfast venues and we want to improve the appearance of this important area,” said  Tracy Holgate, chair of  the town’s  hoteliers association and owner of Ambassador Townhouse .

“We’re talking with the council and the BID team about ways to improve the appearance of this area which is important to the visitor economy.  Linking up with the Rubbish Friends volunteers is the first big step and we’d like them to get in the Halloween mood by coming in fancy dress. Any old witch’s hat will do! ”

Rubbish Friends co-founder Councillor Pat Keith commented “Our litter heroes are delighted to be invited to help with this event as a prelude to our imminent campaign  to  put a sparkle back into Lord Street which should be Southport’s shining  light.”

Dukes Ward Lib Dem Councillor Tony Dawson said: ” The work that the businesses are doing to support the regeneration of Southport is great – working together is making a huge difference. As a long-standing Rubbish Friend, I’d like to salute the work of the brilliant volunteers, including the gardeners, in many town centre areas.”

The clean up is set to take place on Wednesday 21st October from12 till 2 meeting outside the Ambassador Townhouse. For further details please contact Tracy Holgate on 543998.


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