OVER 70 children, family members and staff at Allendale Primary School are helping to tidy up the town by taking part in litter picks.

The litter picks are part of the Surfers Against Sewage Million Mile Clean national campaign, which aims to “inspire, empower and support” 100,000 volunteers walking 10 miles while cleaning the streets.

They took place after school on Tuesday (May 18) and Thursday (May 20) last week, and another is taking place this week.

Allendale Primary School teacher Katy Huddleston said they filled around 12 large bags with rubbish.

“Our children are very keen to care for their town and we are delighted with their response to help,” said Mrs Huddleston.

Headteacher Alison Hawkins said: “Our children are very keen on looking after the environment and this is a great way for the local community to see how seriously our children take this issue.”

Matthias Winter and No. 28 Community Project, who are also taking part in the campaign, have recently organised litter picks.