Fifty bags of rubbish collected in river clean-up in Jarrow

Coun Geraldine Kilgour head out on a litter pick in Jarrow with residents
Coun Geraldine Kilgour head out on a litter pick in Jarrow with residents

A record player, glass bottles and shoes were among the items collected when a team of litter pickers descended on a part of Jarrow.

The clean-up operation by the Dene in Fellgate was organised by the Tyne Rivers Trust.

When we had finished the change was phenomenal.

Geraldine Kilgour

Members were joined by residents and staff from South Tyneside Homes and South Tyneside Council.

Fifty bagfuls of discarded rubbish was collected, including a record player, glass and plastic bottles, cans, shoes and records.

Coun Geraldine Kilgour, who took part in the clean-up, said: “One of the residents led on the litter pick after linking in with the Tyne River Trust after they carried out an earlier clean-up in Primrose.

“An area of the burn, known locally as the Dene, was chosen and we went down there.

“There was so much rubbish we ran out of bags to put it in. When we had finished the change was phenomenal.”

Coun Kilgour is now calling on more residents to get behind another clean-up which is taking place on April 22.

It will start in Usk Avenue and head into Ribble Walk and surrounding streets.

Coun Kilgour added: “It was lovely to see so many people out taking part. The next clean-up will be taking place on April 22, and it would be great to see more people come out and take part.”

Tyne Rivers Trust is an independent environmental charity dedicated to improving and protecting the River Tyne and its tributaries by working with communities.

For details on the Trust and to register taking part in a clean-up, email j.elliott@tyneriverstrust.org or call 01434 636 900.