Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Boy Who Just Couldn't Stand to See All That Litter

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Boy Who Just Couldn't Stand to See All That Litter

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Byline: Lesley Oldfield Community Editor

THOUSANDS turned out for the fourth Northumberland Live festival at Blyth at the weekend and quite a few left their litter behind them - much to the dismay of one little boy.

Five-year-old Oliver Jackson, of Blyth, immediately set to work collecting the abandoned cans, chip trays and sweet and crisp packets.

Proud grandmother Alyson Young said: "On Saturday evening after the Blyth festival was finished and people were leaving, my grandson, Oliver Jackson, aged five, was watched and admired by many people as he started to clear up the filth and debris that other people had left.

"He was so upset by the amount of litter and mess that adults had left lying in 'his park' that he took himself off and found a carrier bag and started to clean up. He said 'It's not acceptable to have all this rubbish - why have they done this to my park?' "People looked on in awe of this little boy and started to give him money for his efforts. As if that wasn't good enough - he then went on to say, 'I think I'll give this money to the poor children' because they don't have what he has.

"He went and asked for a bag from an organiser and was picking up everything, including a fourpack of lager which had been left behind, and was dragging it along behind him.

Thousands get their teenage kicks at Northumberland Live festival "His mummy Victoria Young posted on social media, saying how proud she was and the post went viral within no time, with more than 2,000 comments and likes. Children are so very often criticised for their lack of respect and then a five-yearold, unprompted, does something of this magnitude."

Victoria, 30, an auxiliary nurse, said: "We were just sitting there and he got up out of nowhere and said 'This is not acceptable' which is what I say if they are naughty."

Oliver has a sister Ava, who is nine. Victoria said: "People were asking if they could give him money and if they could have a photo taken with him. …

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