Scotland: Trafalgar Square clean-up took 14 hours

The clean-up at Trafalgar Square begins. Picture: Comp

The clean-up at Trafalgar Square begins. Picture: Comp

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THE CLEAN-UP of Trafalgar Square after the Tartan Army invasion took 14 hours and saw 10,000 beer cans being swept up, it was revealed today.

Thousands of kilted fans took over the area yesterday before the England v Scotland friendly at Wembley, transforming the famous fountain into a giant bubble bath.

Washing up liquid had been used in the fountain. Picture: Comp

Washing up liquid had been used in the fountain. Picture: Comp

As they left for the game, Westminster City Council moved in to begin the clean-up at 6.30pm, finally completing the operation at 8.30am today.

It involved a team of 20, 18 tonne cleaning trucks, street sweepers, and small cleaning buggies.

Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for city management Cllr Ed Argar, said: “This was one almighty clean up.

“Our crews worked hard around the clock to get London back to normal for our residents and businesses this morning.

The clean-up took 14 hours. Picture: Comp

The clean-up took 14 hours. Picture: Comp

“I’m glad to say it is Westminster 1, litter 0.”

One council official added: “It was a triumph to vanquish the auld enemy of litter once again, and we even found one or two weary Scotsmen in the square this morning.”

Meanwhile on the pitch, Scotland just fell short of the win at Wembley, with a 3-2 score favouring England.

Scotland took the lead twice in the clash, but substitute Rickie Lambert came off the bench to score the winner.

Thousands of Scots fans left Edinburgh yesterday to enjoy the match with the Tartan Army.