A river of plastic

HUNTINGDON S school children are showing their bottle by backing a world record attempt to build a bridge over the River Great Ouse made entirely of four-pint milk containers. More than 14,000 containers will be needed to complete the structure over the r

HUNTINGDON'S school children are showing their bottle by backing a world record attempt to build a bridge over the River Great Ouse made entirely of four-pint milk containers.

More than 14,000 containers will be needed to complete the structure over the river in Ely, but the organisers are getting closer to their target thanks to the help of Huntingdon school pupils.

Children at Thongsley Fields Primary and Nursery School, St John's primary, St John's Little Learner's Nursery, Huntingdon Junior School, Huntingdon Nursery School and Spring Common School have all been busy with their collections.

The idea is the brainchild of Jack Waterfall and Ian Allen, who both live in Ely and currently serve on East Cambridgeshire District Council. So far about 4,000 containers have been collected.

Mr Waterfall told The Hunts Post: "Ian and I are trying to highlight how many plastic containers the people of Cambridgeshire have to dispose of.

"It is frightening to realise, the equivalent number of containers needed for this bridge are emptied in the county by lunch time every day, and at this rate it would take less than six years to cover the entire surface area of the River Great Ouse from St Neots to Brandon Creek."

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The world record attempt to bridge the river will be made at Ely's third Classic Regatta on Saturday, June 23.

To help support and promote the world record attempt, there are also plans to organise a Raft Race on the river at Huntingdon. More details will follow at a later date.

However, anyone wishing to get involved in the bridge building project can contact Cllr Jack Waterfall on 07767 795895.

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