Ashington’s Brownies have cleaned up the area around Second Avenue as part of Ashington’s 150th celebrations.

Over 20 brownies took part and picked up several bags of litter as well as discarded wood and cardboard.

The clean-up was part of the Brownies award scheme where the children are understanding the history of Ashington whilst carrying out a number of environmental tasks in what is an important year for the town.

The clean-up was supported by Ashington Town Council and the Ashington Mayor, Cllr. Avril Chisholm, went along to support the children. Following the clean up Cllr. Chisholm gave a talk on her year as the Mayor.

The 150th Anniversary of Ashington comes from the sinking of the Bothal Mine Shaft in 1867 which led to the rapid expansion of coal mining and subsequent development of the town. A number of events and activities are taking place, during 2017, to mark this significant milestone in the town's history.

Pauline Mitchley, from the Brownie Group, said ‘The clean-up is part of our efforts to encourage the children to value their environment, in an important year for the town, and demonstrate how litter has a negative effect on our community’.  

Cllr. Chisholm added ‘It was great to see the children working to improve the area where they live. The Town Council and many residents get continually frustrated by ongoing litter problems and we welcome working with local children to help promote litter awareness’.

For more information on Brownies and Guiding activities in Ashington email: girlguidingashingtondivision@gmail.com   

In the picture are the Brownies, Pauline Mitchley, Ashington Mayor Cllr. Avril Chisholm and some of the rubbish collected.