Putting pride back into Hecky

Putting pride back into Hecky
Pictured: John Gautry and David Pollard busy cleaning up in Heckmondwike on Saturday

COMMUNITY-spirited folk in Heckmondwike are hoping to clean up the town and change people’s mindsets about littering.

‘Keep Hecky Tidy’ was launched back in April by resident John Gautry, in an effort to highlight the problem of littering and instill some pride in the town.

In five months the group has attracted 300 members and been on several litter picks in the town centre. 

On Saturday around 40 people armed with litter pickers took to the streets and  filled a skip full of rubbish.

John, who lives on Jeremy Lane and works at Lidl, said: “I want to get Heckmondwike clear of rubbish, change people’s mindsets and for them to have pride in where they live and not having people rely on others to do it for them. We’ve also put some planters at Heckmondwike Hub and we’re going to try for ‘Heckmondwike in Bloom’ next year.” 

Anyone wanting to help can find the group on Facebook at Keep Hecky Tidy – KHT.

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