UPDATED WITH SLIDESHOW: River yields up its secrets for clean-up volunteers

A small digger bucket was the ‘Find of the Day’ at a river clean-up operation last weekend.

The sun shone for the first Buckingham River Rinse of the season on Sunday morning.

River rinse along The River Great Ouse in Buckingham. Stowe Sub-aqua Club. PNL-140914-213942009

River rinse along The River Great Ouse in Buckingham. Stowe Sub-aqua Club. PNL-140914-213942009

Every year, Buckingham Town Council organises two River Rinses, to remove debris from the River Great Ouse and help keep it running smoothly.

Town councillors and staff were joined by about eight people from the town, two children and volunteers from Stowe Sub-Aqua Club.

After being provided with bags, gloves and litter pickers the team worked their way up the river from Stratford Fields to the wooden bridge at the skate park.

Among the items loaded into the skip at the end of the session were the digger bucket, a lump of concrete, a wheelbarrow, a car seat, a traffic cone, an office chair, a Waitrose trolley, a car tyre, bicycles, road signs, bits of wood, bottles and tin cans.

River rinse along The River Great Ouse in Buckingham. Cllr. Mike Smith and volunteers.

River rinse along The River Great Ouse in Buckingham. Cllr. Mike Smith and volunteers.

A BMX bike in good condition was handed over to the police.

The second River Rinse is on Sunday, October 5, meeting at 10.15am at the skate park bridge and working up to Chandos Park.

More volunteers are welcome. Children must be accompanied and supervised.