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Apprentices answer the call

Prudhoe’s largest employer has answered a call for volunteers to help restore the town’s oldest cemetery – which is suffering from years of neglect.

A team of ten apprentices from Essity Prudhoe Mill will spend the next four Fridays at the West Road cemetery, working with members of Prudhoe & District Historical Society to clear overgrown graves, repair footpaths and improve access for the community.

The Mill’s apprentices team leader Ian Callender said: “People might be surprised that we have our apprentices doing this kind of activity rather than being inside on the factory floor.

“But as part of their training we like our young recruits to spend some time in the classroom, some time in the production areas and some of their time lending a hand in the local community.

“When we heard of this project, I immediately thought it a great opportunity for my lads to learn to work together as a team, enjoy some good healthy outdoor activity and also put something back into the community.”

History Society member Derek Tulip added: “The lads really seemed to have a good time, worked very hard and were very efficient – they were a great credit to Essity and the local business community.

“We really appreciate any help like this as there is a lot of work to be done, but it’s progressing just perfectly.”

Volunteers interested in helping should go to the cemetery any Wednesday or Friday from 10am.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by publicrelations .

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