Manuela Wahnon invited some of her most enthusiastic supporters to a photo shoot outside the Guildhall in Andover.
Amongst those attending were two local MPs, half a dozen borough councillors, a town councillor, and a county councillor, and representatives of firms based in the town. All wanted to pay tribute to the hard work of Manuela in tidying up the town, but also in promoting a message of environmental significence.
After the photo opportunity, Manuela's friends went to the recently refurbished Star & Garter, where Sir George spoke on behalf of all the guests.
"Manuela's motto is attitude and gratitude. Manuela has the attitude, and we all have the gratitude. Gratitude for what she has done, not just in working day in day out in clearing up some of the litter in town, but also for going round the schools and making people more aware and more proud of the town in which they live".
Sir George said that Manuela had been to the House of Commons to explain to other MPs the work she does.
Manuela gave interviews to the local papers and Andover Breeze, before thanking all those present for the support they have given her over the past few years.
Amongtst those present were The Worshipful Mayor of Test Valley Cllr Janet Whiteley
1. MP Sir George Young Hampshire North West
2. MP Caroline Nokes Romsey and Southampton North
3. Cllr Graham Stallard Environmental Portfolio Holder
4. Cllr Ian Hibberd (past ) Mayor of TVBC
5. Cllr Ian Carr (past) Mayor of TVBC currently Leader of the Council
6. Cllr Pat West (past ) Mayor of TVBC
7. Cllr David Drew
8. Kevin Paterson C.E.O Andover Leisure
9. Vince Delderfield of Silver Surfers
10. Christine Mellor’s of Mellor’s Jewellers
11. Lucas Wierzbilki Of Villagio Restaurant
12. Ali Paxton of Simply Health
13. Debby Beatson friend and supporter of Attitude of Gratitude
The following message was also sent by Andy Walker, Campaigns and Communications Director, Keep Britain Tidy.
“On behalf of Keep Britain Tidy, I’d like to thank Manuela for all the fantastic work that she does day in day out to help raise the profile of litter and littering. She is a great example of what people who love where they live can do to improve their local community and encourage others along the way to do the same. It’s particularly gratifying to see the time that Manuela puts in to communicating what she does, which in turn helps to raise the profile of an issue that affects us all. Manuela has shown that she is on the right side of the fence when it comes to the fight against litter and our charity is delighted to have her support. Thank you Manuela – with the help of people like you we will win the war on litter!”