FENLANDER: Whittlesey Street Pride Group launches fourth flower-decked boat

THE Whittlesey Street Pride group has launched another flower-decked boat, bringing the total number in its “Gateway” fleet to four.

The latest addition, called Whittlesea Wayfarer, is sited on Station Road. It was donated to the group by Neil and Janet Statton from Ramsey Heights, with sponsorship funding from Decker Bus and the Grass Roots Community Grants scheme.

Similar boats previously placed elsewhere in the town are Litterpicker at the Delph, Pride of Whittlesey at Kings Delph and Spirit of Whittlesey at Ramsey Road.

The group’s volunteers have contributed more than 1,000 hours of unpaid work during the past year, including collecting more than five tonnes of rubbish and 100 tyres.

Roy Gerstner, its chairman, said: “Everyone has put in a tremendous amount of effort and it makes a real difference to the look of the town. But we could always do with more helpers - just an hour or two a month is all we need.”

Street Pride was set up by Fenland District Council. Other groups continue to be active throughout the district. Tomorrow (September 18) volunteers in March will be having another clean-up at the town’s railway station from 10am and the Parson Drove group will be carrying out a litterpick, starting at the Cage at 10am.

Groups in Manea, Chatteris and Wisbech also have events scheduled over the next month.

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