VOLUNTEERS took to the streets of Prestwich to clear the village of blights of litter as part of a national clean-up campaign.

More than 30 residents turned out to clear electrical equipment, food waste and clothing in the area, which was organised by Clean Team Prestwich, as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Bury Council provided litter pickers, gloves and bin bags, while Marks and Spencer donated 50 bottles of water and Village Green Deli offered free hot drinks.

Organiser Mike Wingfield said: “We had more than 30 people volunteer their time and energy - braving the rain and cold. It really was a great team effort. Stacks of red bin bags started to mount up at all of the litter picks and the photos show the amazing level of effort that was achieved. Having been a Prestwich resident for more than eight years, I’ve always wanted to organise a litter clean up, especially in the winter months because the grass and foliage is shorter. I saw the campaign encouraging community groups to run litter clean ups nationwide so I set up Clean Team Prestwich on Facebook, which now has 155 members.”

Mr Wingfield led a clean-up around the Bury New Road area and St Mary’s Park, Rob Trueblood led a team around Drinkwater Park and Redek Kuchcinski organised a tidy up around Buckley Lane and Drinkwater and Philips Park.

Prestwich Cllr Jane Black said: “I was really pleased by the turnout, despite the non-stop rain. Working together generated good energy and team spirit, and a wish to work together again in the future.”