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Seamstress Sharon Rickwood calling on volunteers to help clean up Sheerness town centre

By Lewis Dyson

A Rushenden woman is organising a spruce up of “Sheer-mess” after becoming tired of waiting for rubbish in the town centre to be cleared.

Sharon Rickwood, of Alsager Avenue, went to a public meeting of Sheerness Town Team to complain about litter-strewn alleys and untidy walkways and it was suggested she arrange something.

The 54-year-old said: “I’m an Islander and I’m fed up with my Island being dirty. I hate seeing rubbish everywhere. I’m not a moaner – I would rather just get on with it.

Sam Williams,Matt Brown, Andrew Deeley, Daniel Hogburn and Jess McMahon will be amongst those joining Sharon Rickwood in her big clean up of Sheerness on April 26th

“Yes, I suppose Swale Borough Council could employ more people, but they don’t so let’s just get on with it. It was never this bad when I was a youngster.

“We used to have floods of people coming down to visit the town so it’s got to be good for trade if the place is nice and clean.”

She said one of the worst sights she has seen in the town is an empty bin surrounded by rubbish.

The mum of four and grandmother of five is now looking for volunteers to help bring an end to Sheerness’s life of grime at a big clean up on Saturday, April 26.

She has enlisted the help of Swale council which is lending a couple of members of staff.

Litter pickers, black sacks and possibly hi-vis vests will be provided. The focus will be on High Street, Broadway and all the alleyways but if there is time it will move on to Blue Town.

Mrs Rickwood, a self-employed seamstress, said she is looking for people, “who are not going to complain but just get on with the job to keep our town clean”.

Anyone who would like to join in should click “attending” on the Sheerness or Sheermess Facebook page to give an idea of how much equipment is needed.

Those without access to the social media site are welcome to meet on the day at 10am by the Clock Tower.

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