VOLUNTEERS, councillors and MP Tim Loughton joined forces today to tidy up Worthing town centre ahead of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
Spirits were high as the team did a half hour stint to ‘Clean for the Queen’, equipped with marigolds, brooms, litter pickers and even feather dusters.
The nationwide initiative aims to see Britain’s towns gleaming in time for the Queen’s landmark year, officially celebrated in June.
Mr Loughton said: “I think we need to urge everybody to do their own bit in their community, whether it’s cleaning up their street, a park, or their local beach.
“Let’s have street parties that are spic and span because everyone’s done their bit. What better way to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.”
Parties are already being planned for the area, including one on Lancing Beach on Sunday, June 12 from 1-6pm.
Organiser Jaynie Sykes-Strudwick hopes thousands will attend as they did for the celebration she organised for the royal wedding.
“There’s going to be absolutely loads to do and see and hear.” she said.
“We love our Queen and I just wanted to do something again for Lancing.”
The free event will feature live music, a dinosaur ride, and a train from the bandstand to Widewater.
Stalls can be booked for £12 a table and all profits will go towards charity ME Association.
Mayor Micheal Donin said he hoped to be involved in the Worthing celebrations once they are confirmed.
“I think the Queen has been a great asset to this country.” he said.
“She’s a great lady, she’s been around for so many years and done so many things for democracy.”
He called for a revivial of British spirit in joining the clean up and celebrations.
Worthing council leader Dan Humphreys said the launch event was ‘great fun’ and commended the bourough council for their efforts in keeping the town tidy.
Heene is planning its own ‘Clean for Heene’ event this week. Follow the campaign on twitter: #CleanForTheQueen.
Contact Jaynie on 01903 764328 to book a stall at the Lancing event.