Remember when: Edinburgh binds to clean up Capital

Rose Street traders try to keep the area clean for shoppers during the 1979 bin men strike. Picture: TSPL

Rose Street traders try to keep the area clean for shoppers during the 1979 bin men strike. Picture: TSPL

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YOU can’t beat a bit of community spirit.

And that’s exactly what residents in Leith are coming together to do in a bid to clean up the area.

Former Goon Spike Milligan brings his Litterspike Keep Britain Tidy campaign to Portobello beach in 1975. Picture: TSPL

Former Goon Spike Milligan brings his Litterspike Keep Britain Tidy campaign to Portobello beach in 1975. Picture: TSPL

Claims have been made that Leith is drowning in rubbish, so business owners and residents have been urged to sign up to help tackle the problem.

Litter Free Leith is being spearheaded by Leith resident Gerry Farrell and the initiative includes organised litter picks and a publicity drive.

Gerry, who is an Evening News columnist, set up the group after realising that action – as well as complaints to the city – was needed to achieve results.

He wants to recruit an army of volunteers to begin the clean-up work within the next three weeks.

Some of the 44 schoolchildren who patrolled the Royal Highland Showground looking for litter. Picture: TSPL

Some of the 44 schoolchildren who patrolled the Royal Highland Showground looking for litter. Picture: TSPL

If previous clean-up attempts are anything to go by, then Gerry should expect his campaign to be a highly successful one.

Edinburgh residents have never been afraid of pulling up their sleeves and getting down to a bit of hard graft.

In May 1983, two teenagers got more than their hands dirty when they took part in Operation Riverbank to help clean up the Water of Leith at Warriston, where abandoned tyres were amongst the debris pulled from the river.

A hearty band of 44 schoolchildren patrolled the Royal Highland Showground in June 1979, looking for litter with a talking frog waste bin during that year’s Royal Highland Show.

Teenagers helping to clean up the Water of Leith at Warriston. Picture: TSPL

Teenagers helping to clean up the Water of Leith at Warriston. Picture: TSPL

During the bin men strike of February 1979, members of Rose Street Traders’ Association took it upon themselves to keep the area clean and tidy for shoppers in the pedestrian precinct.

two boys clearing litter after the Jehovah's Witnesses rally at Murrayfield in the same year. Picture: TSPL

two boys clearing litter after the Jehovah's Witnesses rally at Murrayfield in the same year. Picture: TSPL