The world will be looking at us, so let’s make sure there’s no litter around

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THE eyes of the world will be on Gosport when the Olympic torch makes its way through the town next weekend.

And a group of litter-picking volunteers wants to make sure the town’s streets are clean and tidy when the flame comes to visit.

Members of Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent’s Litteraction groups will be picking up litter along the route before it arrives on July 15.

Now they are calling on shopkeepers, organisations and their neighbours to pitch in and clean up along the route.

Organiser Graham Smith, from Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction, said: ‘The challenge is for residents, businesses and other organisations to get outside and tidy up the front of their property so we can be proud of our community as the eyes of the world are upon us.

‘The reasons for this are more than just making everywhere looker cleaner and nicer but also because litter is damaging to our environment and wildlife.

‘It’s more than just a case of picking up fag packets. It will be good to join in and meet like-minded people and neighbours.

‘Our goals are for everyone to stop dropping litter and to take care of their own local environment and perhaps form or join Litteraction groups.’

People are being encouraged to first go outside at noon on July 14 to clean up the area around their homes, shops or businesses.

Then on the morning of July 15, hours before the torch is due to arrive, volunteers will begin working along the path the torch will take through Gosport.

Some volunteers will meet outside the Cocked Hat pub, in Privett Road. Others will work along Walpole Road in the town centre and the Falkland Gardens, where the torch will depart for Portsmouth in the evening.

The group will then come together afterwards to celebrate a job well done before the torch arrives.

Torchbearers begin their journey through our area in Fareham at 4.30pm before heading into Gosport at 4.50pm. The relay will cross over to Portsmouth by boat at around 6pm.

Anyone who wants to take part should bring a bin liner and some gloves or a litter picker.

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