Boys, 8, tackle skate park mess

MHDE-24-08-11 FISHPONDS AUG60 (1)'Pictured are Jake Fretter ( 8 ) & Bailey Gent ( 8 ), who have been cleaning up the Fishponds play area, on the Southbrook, making it safe for them to play.
MHDE-24-08-11 FISHPONDS AUG60 (1)'Pictured are Jake Fretter ( 8 ) & Bailey Gent ( 8 ), who have been cleaning up the Fishponds play area, on the Southbrook, making it safe for them to play.

TWO young friends were so keen to play at their badly littered park they got out their dustpan and brush and cleaned up the mess themselves.

Jake Fretter and Bailey Gent, both aged eight, spent around an hour-and-a-half cleaning up the Fishponds field on Daventry’s Southbrook estate.

Rubbish, including broken glass and empty beer cans had been left at the park the night before.

But the boys were so desperate to get out and play during the summer holidays that they gave up their morning to clear it all up.

Jake’s mum Sharon Fretter, from Jervis Close on the Southbrook, said: “Jake just rang his dad and asked him if he had a sweeping brush, I was really surprised.

“They could have both easily just left the mess and gone and played somewhere else but they decided to clean it all up which was fantastic.

“I’m very proud of them and it looked very clean afterwards. They cleaned all around the pavilion and the skate park.

“Jake doesn’t even tidy his room usually so I was very surprised to see him tidying the park.

“They were up there cleaning it for about an hour-and-a-half. There was glass, plastic bags, McDonald’s wrappers, crisp packets and empty beer cans.”

Jake said he enjoyed cleaning up the mess with his friend Bailey, but added he would prefer it if people just kept it clean in the first place.

He said: “There was lots of rubbish and glass everywhere but we wanted to play there so we decided to clean it all up together.

“There were some other children telling us not too but we decided to carry on anyway.

“It took us quite a long time and we cleaned around the field, the skate park and the hut, but we didn’t mind doing it.

“We wanted to do some skateboarding on that day so we had to clean it up to make sure we didn’t cut ourselves on the glass that had been left in the skate park.

“We would rather it if people just kept the park tidy so we can play their all the time without having to worry about the mess.”