‘If you want to come to Blackpool, keep it tidy’ is the message coming out of the seaside resort
A Blackpool volunteer is uring tourists to keep the town tidy after finding the Promenade trashed after the World Firework Championships.
The 2021 event, the most recent leg of which took place on Saturday (September 25), will see Russia, Ireland and Germany showcase their best firework displays on different dates throughout September and October.
This weekend, Blackpool hosted Ireland’s display at ‘a new launch-pad’ in front of the Blackpool Tower.
Lee Long, 54, was volunteering at the lifeboat station on Saturday night before deciding to take a walk down the Promenade. On his walk, he found litter that had been left on the pavement of the Promenade.
He said: “I thought, I’m going to highlight it because people can put them into the bins. The bins weren’t full.”
Lee recorded the litter that was left on the ground on the Prom at 10.22pm. The video shows plastic bags, takeaway boxes, cans and food lining the pavement.
It also shows remaining rubbish lined up on top of the council bins.
Lee runs the twitter account Positive Blackpool, where he says he tries to ‘promote Blackpool in a positive way’.
He added: “Everything I do is positive about Blackpool, Blackpool is brilliant, it’s such a nice place and I love it.”
Lee moved to Blackpool in 2008 and said it had ‘changed’ a lot since he used to visit with his grandparents. He’s counted ‘264 bins on the promenade’ and said ‘the council do a good job.’
Now, Lee hopes to educate people on how to use them.
He said: “A lot of the locals don’t like it, if you come into Blackpool, keep it tidy. Keep Blackpool Tidy, that’s a good message for people. That’s all we want. We love Blackpool, it’s a brilliant place, lets not let it go downhill.”
Lee returned the next morning and praised the bin team, Enveco North West Environmental Services, for the ‘great job’ they had done clearing up the litter.
He added: “They did a grand job and people should be grateful for everything they do.”
In the video Lee shared to Twitter, he compares the litter scenes from the next before to the following morning.
He tells viewers: “Here we are the day after the fireworks, as you can see Enveco North West have done such a grand job.”
Lee told LancsLive: “Treat it kindly, if you want to come, I’ll provide it with a litter picker and a bag if you want. We can only try. I don’t think its a negative video, its about awareness for me.”