MORE than 100 bags of rubbish were cleared from the streets and towpaths around Stalybridge – as dozens of volunteers proved they really do love their town centre.
The ‘I Love Stalybridge’ action day was organised by the Stalybridge Town Team, at the weekend.
More than 40 volunteers – including residents, business owners, council representatives and the police – helped collect stray litter from around the town centre. And they were helped on their way by members of Stalybridge Old Band – and a special barbeque.
The success of the ‘I Love Stalybridge’ action day meant the town was clean and tidy when visitors turned up the next day for the annual Stalybridge Motorcycle Club show, which also coincided with the regular Farmers’ market.
Event organiser Rev Tom Parker, who is a member of the Stalybridge Town Team, said: "It was great to see so many people take part in ‘I Love Stalybridge Action Morning’ and it was fantastic to see what was achieved in such a short time.
"We concentrated our efforts on cleaning up the town centre and canal and there was a great atmosphere. Everyone got stuck in and really enjoyed themselves."
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathon Reynolds, who also took part in the clean-up, said: "The success of the ‘I Love Stalybridge morning’ is the strongest indication yet that there is a real determination to breathe fresh life into the town.
"A whole army of people turned up on Saturday morning to help with the clean-up – picking litter and clearing areas that needed attention.
"And the events that followed throughout the weekend – the bbq, the appearance by Stalybridge Old Band, the Farmers’ Market and the Motorcycle Rally – showed that Stalybridge can still draw the crowds.
"The clean-up was a practical way to make a difference. And many of the people who took part told me how proud they were to play a part in ensuring a brighter future for Stalybridge.
"The Town Team can’t transform Stalybridge overnight, but they are already making a difference – and events like these show that they have the backing of the community."
Published July 17, 2012