More than 50 bags of rubbish were collected from the canal bank when an army of volunteers turned up for a tow path tidy up.

Around 60 volunteers armed with litter pickers and collection bags worked their way from White Bear Marina in Adlington along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal bank to Cowling Bridge in Chorley.

Among the items of rubbish collected were a roll of lino, a bike frame and an old folding chair, plus hundreds of empty beer cans and bags of dog mess.

Councillor Terry Brown, who oversees community clean ups for the council, said: “We were delighted at how many people turned out to help on Saturday morning. Because of their tremendous efforts we were able to clear quite a stretch of the tow path.”

Coun Brown and local councillor Kim Snape were joined by Adlington Scouts, the council’s Neighbourhood Officers, local residents, volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Community Payback, and the Canal and Rivers Trust.

Coun Brown said: “Our neighbourhood officers took the opportunity to speak to dog walkers about their responsibilities in cleaning up after their pets as part of our Don’t be a Dirty Dog campaign, and although the vast majority of dog owners do clear up, there are some who don’t.

“In fact, the volunteers commented on the amount of dog mess that was on the canal bank. Bizarrely, much of it was already picked up and bagged and then the bags just dropped on the ground. I just can’t understand that, the pet owners had done the messy bit, all they had to do was carry the bag to the next bin. There are bins close to most of the entrances and exits of the towpath.”