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Reggae Legend to Join North Ormesby Litter Pickers

By Published July 19, 2019

A COMMUNITY litter pick will have an unexpected musical flavour at the weekend.

Reggae legend and friend of CVFM Radio Pato Banton - best known for his No1 smash Baby Come Back - will be joining local residents and volunteers to kick-start a community clean-up in North Ormesby.

The singer is a friend of local stand-up comedian Dean Moore, and jumped at the chance to lend a helping hand ahead of a special Middlesbrough gig on Saturday night.

The intimate one-off show - organised by Graham Ramsey and Carmel from Ten Feet Tall - is taking place at the town's Base Camp venue on Exchange Square.

The litter pick is part of a town-wide clean-up spearheaded by Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston, with hundreds of volunteers already signed up to take part.

Scores of groups and individuals have come forward to get involved and to put forward suggestions to improve their environment.

They're taking part in litter picking, clearing paths, weeding and painting and generally tidying up various parts of the town.

North Ormesby ward Councillor Ashley Waters said: "This fantastic initiative is all about community pride and spirit, and it's a great example of how we can work together to make the town a better place for everyone.

"I'm blown away that Pato Banton is taking the time to join us on Saturday before playing in the town on Saturday night - what an amazing example to set.

"I know we'll have a great turn-out, and Pato is guaranteed a warm welcome from everyone taking part."

  • The North Ormesby clean-up takes place on Sunday, July 21. Meet in the Market Square at noon.

To find out more about getting involved in the town-wide clean-up, visit This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or email

Volunteers can share before and after pictures of their good work via Middlesbrough Council's Facebook and Twitter accounts using the hashtag #CleanUpBoro, or by emailing snaps to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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