FIREFIGHTERS in Wilmslow have volunteered their services to pick up litter ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday in June.

It follows the launch of a nationwide Clean for The Queen campaign to motivate a million people to get out and help clean up their communities, which locally saw Wilmslow firefighters picking litter in the town.

The crew joined the Wilmslow Clean Team and picked litter which resulted in the collection of several bags of rubbish.

The litter pick was centred on a weekend of activity from March 4th to 6th, 2016.

Watch manager Kev Grace said: "We were only too happy to support this campaign and join Wilmslow Clean Team to help pick litter. Despite the snow and rain, we managed to make a real impression on the town and you can certainly tell the difference this worthwhile campaign has made to the area."

Meanwhile, firefighters from across Cheshire went out and about to “do their bit” and help clear up the litter that blights streets, parks, hedgerows and grass verges in their area.

The campaign has been backed by organisations including the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPB, as well as businesses including McDonald’s, Costa, Greggs, KFC and Wrigley and anti-litter charities such as Keep Britain Tidy and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and was said to be the biggest community-led clean-up the country had ever seen, and it certainly lived up to that in Cheshire.

The Clean for The Queen campaign which is aimed at a mass tidy-up ahead of monarch's birthday in April, but which will be more widely celebrated in June.