Youngsters set clean-up standards

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CHILDREN have been praised for their top-class efforts to spruce up the area near their school.

Pupils from The Hermitage Academy, in Chester-le-Street, cleared litter, leaves, and painted over graffiti in Yetholm Avenue.

The group were joined by members of Durham County Council’s civic pride team, which organised the activity as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Where You Live campaign.

Helen Douglas, Durham County Council senior civic pride officer, said: “Love Where You Live is all about encouraging people to take pride in their area, and motivating them to take action themselves to deal with environmental issues.

“The pupils from The Hermitage have embraced this idea and set an excellent example of how it only takes a little effort to make a big difference.”

Footage of the clean-up, sponsored by Cestria Community Housing Association, will be included in a DVD called Fix You, which will be shown when the mobile cinema visits communities in the coming months.