Three years ago this month, two intrepid women noticed the amount of litter in the streets of Filey and armed only with a latex glove and a carrier bag apiece, they set about picking it up.  Keep Filey Tidy (pictured above on the Festival of Filey parade) was born. 

Hundreds of litter picks and thousands of items of rubbish later, the group now has twenty active members who go out every day in and around Filey, collecting litter and instilling local community pride. They have the support of local businesses who give donations for hi-vis vests and other necessary equipment, and regularly receive thanks from people as they do their picking.

Jeannie Williams, Chair of the group, said:

"We all feel very proud when people thank us, as it is usually a spontaneous remark in passing.  The difference we make is reflected in the generosity of local businesses who sponsor us, and the recognition we get when out picking daily: we're almost part of the furniture!  We love being able to work with other groups to support their work.  Our ambitions are to carry on, tirelessly, in doing the work we do, whilst trying not to get too bogged down in red-tape and meetings!  We also want to work more closely with schools."

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