Posted: Wednesday 27th June 2012
A team of volunteers from the AA Insurance’s Green Team in Newcastle have donned their Wellington boots and waterproofs for the 6th time in as many years to assist The Clean Tyne Project in cleaning up a stretch of the river.
Around 30 volunteers cleaned up the Fish Quay Sands at North Shields and managed to collect almost half a ton of driftwood, plastics and scrap metal. Everyone who took part was issued with protective clothing and given extensive health and safety briefings before starting the work.
The Clean Tyne Project is a partnership between the Port of Tyne and the river’s bordering council authorities of Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Newcastle. The project aims to clean up the river and raise public awareness of environmental issues.
AA Business Support Team Manager Jim Pitt was delighted with his team’s efforts. “This is the sixth year that we have taken part in this worthwhile project,” said Jim. “We are proud to have continuously supported the project and firmly believe in looking after the river which is a tremendous asset to the region."
The sixth year was celebrated with a cake supplied by Clean Tyne Project manager Jayne Calvert from Gateshead Council in recognition of the team’s support of the project.
"The continued support from the AA’s Newcastle Green Team is fantastic. The Clean Tyne Project appreciates their commitment to helping make sure that the river is a great place to visit or live near. "
There are seven more clean ups planned this season, two in Newcastle, two in South Tyneside, two in Gateshead and one more in North Tyneside. Organisations and companies who wish to take part in these events should contact Keith Newman on 07814 397951.
Ends – Photo shows Jim Pitt and Brady Scott from the AA with the team