Many last week saw the luminous boat bobbing up an down the river through the city bravely through powerful winds and showers.
The Civil Defence boat was deployed last Thursday (May 26) with the task of cleaning up the banks of the river Nore.
In preparation for the upcoming Nore Swim (coming up on July 9th) and in an effort to brighten the banks up in conjunction with the ever-successful Tidy Towns campaign, also coming soon; a dedicated team of seven members of the Civil Defence, under team leader Paul Denny, took to their motorboat to begin the effort.
Equipped with a battery of bags, and a wide range of litter pickers, the team cleaned from Green’s Bridge/ St. Francis Abbey Brewery to the banks just past John’s Bridge, picking up everything on their way from cans and bottles, to plastic bags, general litter and even some empty kegs.
The team were delighted to note the huge decline in the amount of waste along the banks of the Nore this year, agreeing that this year’s effort only took a fraction of the time in which previous years have taken. They remembered the seven-plus boatloads of rubbish which had been collected in years passed, saying that this year’s collection would in no way come close to that.