Ahead of the Anglia in Bloom judging day next Wednesday, volunteers led by Pat Richardson set about a town litter pick on a breezy Saturday morning.
Working on the upper and lower Green the team concentrated on collecting the thousands of cigarette butts that have been left on the grass.
Councillors Christine Earnshaw and Geoffrey Smith joined the town’s deputy mayor Adrian Winnington in wielding the brooms.
Pat said “The hanging baskets are up, the flowerbeds and displays are looking wonderful and we are looking forward to welcoming the judges back to the town, but they will be on the lookout for cigarette butts so we are trying to remove as many as we can.
“With the high winds there’s not much we can do about rubbish carried on the wind but the judges make allowances for that it’s the cigarette butts that are really thebiggest problem.”