VOLUNTEERS bagged 11 sackfuls of rubbish and carried out work to improve the appearance of a Hartlepool cemetery.
Members of the Friends of Stranton Cemetery were joined by Hartlepool Countryside Team as well as residents and volunteers for an autumn clean-up and bulb planting.
The friends group say the bulbs, donated by Tesco and Fens and Rossmere Ward councillors Steve Gibbon, Geoff Lilley and Alan Clark, will provide a splash of colour to the cemetery next spring. In spite of the rain, and in just two hours, the volunteers collected 11 bags of rubbish.
But neighbourhood development officer Irene Cross said: “This was a lot less thankfully than we usually find.”
The cemetery group has a number of activities planned to the end of the year.
They include a General Headstone History Walk on November 15 at 1pm-2.30pm and their Concert of Remembrance with St Aidan’s Primary School Choir on November 9 at 4.50pm.
They will also mark the start of the First World War thanks to funding from the Co-operative Membership Services.
A war-themed Headstone History walk will take place on November 8 and a poetry reading is planned for November 21 at 7.30pm in Coffee Rappor Bar, York Road.
It will feature the first public reading of work by the Heugh Battery Writers Group.