Deep clean for the Great Ouse

River Rinse
River Rinse
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Twenty-five tyres, countless bicycles and plenty of sticks were pulled from the murky depths of Buckingham’s river on Sunday, October 6, during the annual River Rinse.

A group of volunteers, town council staff, and the Mayor of Buckingham could be seen clearing the riverbanks, as firefighters and members of the Stowe Sub Aqua Club put on dry-suits and pulled detritus out of the water.

River Rinse

River Rinse

The river clean, focused on the stretch of water between the bridge on the bypass at Bourton Road and the Stratford Fields car park, witnessed the removal of a record number of tyres, and was the second of two yearly river cleans, with the first being held a month earlier.

Chris Robson, the newly appointed deputy town clerk, said he’d never seen anything like it before, despite having lived in similar-sized towns with rivers.

He said: “Buckingham should be really proud of itself. I was very impressed with the big turnout, and everyone was so enthusiastic.”

If you see people throwing anything in the river, call the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.