On Saturday 5th March community group Middleport Matters joined forces with IWA North Staffs & South Cheshire branch and CRT volunteers to undertake a Clean for the Queen event along the towpath and canal, plus the streets of the district.
CRT supplied a small boat and trained volunteers who used it to remove floating rubbish along the Trent & Mersey Canal whilst Burslem Port volunteers picked litter along the line of the branch canal. A group of young people from the YMCA were dispatched along the towpath and the local Boys Brigade worked outwards from Middleport Park. A total of 53 volunteers collected around 70 bags of rubbish in a very busy and successful day. Good publicity was generated for Burslem Port and Middleport Matters with the cleanup prominently featured in local media, including a live Radio Stoke interview at the start of the day.