Community groups did their bit over the weekend to tidy in preparation for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Clean for the Queen was a nationwide campaign, being run by Country Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy.
The aim of the event was to encourage people to take care of the communities in which they live - and people from across Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and the Deepings, as well as the surrounding villages responded in their droves.
In Stamford, staff from the Burghley House worked alongside their partners from Cummins Generator Technologies to collect rubbish from the surrounding roads on Friday.
Director of Burghley House Miranda Rock said: “We all felt proud to have made such a difference to the entrances to our town, and have vowed to make this an annual event.”
In Oakham, volunteers from Lands’ End were out and about clearing the area around the factory as well as Pillings Road, while Jules House also got in on the action wearing their noticeable purple T-shirts.
In Bourne, teams were out, preparing not only for the Queen’s milestone birthday but also for the town’s efforts in the East Midlands in Bloom competition.
And in Market Deeping, volunteers from McDonald’s lent a hand with the parish council’s efforts on Sunday, collecting 54 bags of rubbish.
McDonald’s franchisee Matt Jarrett said: “We supported Clean for the Queen because we understand the importance of having clean and welcoming areas to live and work in.”
A team of WI members and the street party committee collected eight bags of beer cans, food wrappers, damaged traffic cones, car batteries and lots more during their efforts in Rippingale on Saturday morning, while in Carlby 14 hardy villagers braved the icy rain to collect 33 bags of rubbish.