A boating day out

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SCHOOL kids who spent a day picking litter up from their estate have been treated to a trip out on the Dearne’s waterways as a reward.

The youngsters joined council wardens last week to clear two skipfuls of rubbish from the Fitzwilliam Estate in Swinton. As a reward, they were given a ride on a narrowboat down the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal.

Before setting sail from Swinton Lock Activity Centre, they were also given goodie bags containing a drink, fruit and school equipment.

The litter pick had been organised by the Swinton Fitzwilliam Mutual group.

Their chairman, Harry Tooley, said: “We had about 20 kids down here on the day and we managed to clear a lot of litter.

“The estate looked a lot cleaner afterwards.”

Councillor Ken Wyatt added: “The kids did a great job. We filled two skips and I think they even got a third one delivered.

“We decided to organise the trip for them as a thank you for all their hard work.

“There are a lot of young people living on the Fitzwilliam Estate and it helps them to take pride in their own area.”