Aug 8 2012 by Patricia Lewis, Dumfries Standard Wednesday
CLEAN-UP teams were hard at work in Dumfries on Sunday.
The volunteers were helping to spruce up the town ahead of the arrival of judges from Beautiful Britain on Monday.
Dumfries is in the running for the title of best big town in this year’s competition.
Mark Jardine, from The People’s Project, had asked people to come forward and help give the town one last clean – and he was not disappointed.
He said: “There were about 100 people all over the town but there would also have been groups working away which we did not know about.
“I’m really satisfied with the amount of people who turned up to help.
“We had a lot of young volunteers from the Oasis youth club.”
The Big Clean on Sunday was organised jointly by The People’s Project and Big Burns Supper.
Volunteers set to work tidying parts of the town including Nith Place, Buccleuch Street and the Whitesands. Some volunteers also set to work planting and tidying the rose garden at Burns’ House.
Staff from the town’s Tesco stores also helped throughout the day.
Mark hopes all the effort will help the town win.
He added: “I travelled around with the judges on Monday and they were very impressed.
“They were very impressed with the Crichton. Hazeldean Guest House had hanging baskets and they wanted to take photos.
“Thank you to everyone who came out and helped on Sunday and to all those who have helped in the weeks running up to the judging.
“The town really pulled together and everyone did a fantastic job.”
The winners of Beautiful Britain will be announced on October 6.