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'Dustin Timberlake' sweeps up in Oldham

Dustin Timberlake was one of the winning entries Photo: Oldham Council

Hundreds of people have taken part in a contest to name Oldham Council's roadsweepers.

Among the suggestions were Clean Elizabeth, Basil Brush, Street Wise, George Brush, Dustin Bieber and Sweep Caroline.

The winning names were chosen as Dustin Timberlake, sent in by Phil Humphries, and Bruce Springclean, thanks to a suggestion by Marie Rowe.

“We treated the competition as a bit of fun, but there is also a serious side to it.

“We wanted to raise awareness about the work our Environmental Team do – cleaning up our borough because people continue to drop litter, costing taxpayers every year.

“If people did their bit and put their waste in a street bin, or took it home with them, then Oldham would be a lot cleaner and greener, and recycling rates would increase.”

– Councillor Arooj Shah