When author and raconteur of Suffolk life Charlie Haylock did a cartoon about roadside litter, people challenged him to do something to do something about it.
So, on Monday September 7 Suffolk’s Lord Lieutenant the Countess of Euston will cut the ribbon to start him on his ‘Don’t be a Tosser’ anti-litter walk from Mildenhall, through Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Ipswich to Felixstowe (with a special stage from Great Cornard to Sudbury) and he wants the public to join him. He is also raising money for the Eden Rose Coppice project for cancer sufferers in Sudbury.
The Sudbury ‘good old boy’ renown for one-man shows and radio appearances, will set off with Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble from Mildenhall to Icklingham.
Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, MP Ben Gummer and actor Roy Hudd join him for other stages.
Charlie said: “These are people who can do something and the more people they see on the walk, the more likely they are to do something.
“You don’t have to walk the whole way, or even a whole stage.”
For example, he particularly wants more people for stage three on September 9 from Stowmarket to Ipswich, but you could return from Needham Market station.
“It won’t be a litter pick – I haven’t got a car big enough,” he said, as litter teams picked up 100 tonnes of rubbish from the A14 alone last year.
Charlie hopes to get a change in the law to make it easier to prosecute mobile litter tossers by making it the vehicle owner’s responsibility to say who was responsible, as with speeding and parking offences.
Walk details are on his website at http://charliehaylock.com