MIDDLESBROUGH school children and town Street Champions grabbed their litter pickers for the Great British Spring Clean.

School children from Ayresome Primary School got involved in the efforts to tidy up Ayresome Gardens, which stands between their buildings and Linthorpe Road.

The Street Champions are a voluntary group who come together regularly in the Newport ward to clean up public areas including green spaces and back alleys.

The volunteers and the school children joined around 500,000 people nationally taking part in the Great British Spring Clean, run by Keep Britain Tidy, last weekend (March 3-5).

The event followed on from last year’s Clean for the Queen and it is hoped the new national clean up event will become an annual fixture in the calendar.

Cllr Tracy Harvey, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Newport ward member, said: “Our Street Champions volunteer because they have a real pride in their local communities and want to see the local area looking at its attractive best.

“Events such as this are a great way of bringing more people together and we are delighted that the young people from Ayresome Primary displayed their own community spirit and got involved.

“Litter is one of those issues that affects everyone and we hope that our big clean up can inspire more people to keep our communities tidy.”