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Ilford temple youngsters keep streets spick-and-span for royal celebration

PUBLISHED: 12:42 22 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:42 22 February 2016

Youngsters and adults taking part in a street clean up in the Clean for the Queen campaign

Youngsters and adults taking part in a street clean up in the Clean for the Queen campaign

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Youngsters at a Hindu temple spent their half term cleaning for the Queen.

Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas AthwalRedbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal

Children equipped with brooms and bin bags spruced up streets near VHP Hindu Centre, Cleveland Road, Ilford, as part of the nationwide Clean for the Queen campaign.

The movement encourages groups to take charge of cleaning streets in the lead up to the Queen’s 90th birthday in June.

Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal dropped in to meet the young volunteers and talk about the environment.

Temple organiser Vinaya Sharma said: “It was excellent.

“If the kids are the future you have to change their habits, if you want a cleaner Redbridge – it starts with the children.

“We want to make our community clean as possible.”

Vinaya said the project was all about “loving where you live” as well as giving a gift to the Queen.

“What else can we give to her? We’re giving back to her as a present because she is someone who has given selfless service.”

The temple is now planning to set up a weekly clean-up volunteer group.


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