VOLUNTEERS from several Methodist Churches will hold a series of litter-picking sessions for six days during Lent.

The initiative has been organised by the East Durham Methodist Circuit involves.

Local preacher Anne Farrow said: “We are wanting to do something extra rather than give something up for Lent.

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“We hope we can make a difference to parts of our local environment by clearing some of the litter which spoils our town and village centres.”

Teams will start from 10am in Methodist Church in: East Rainton, on Friday; Seaham on Saturday March 11; Shiney Row on Tuesday, March 14; Sunniside, on Monday, March 20, Hetton on Wednesday April 5 and Mautland Street, Houghton on April 8.