It wasn't to be the most exciting subject for the last speech of Janet Thornton's Parish Council career but it was given with her usual passion and fervour. At the Parish Council Assembly on Tuesday 20th April, Janet Thornton spoke on the subject of dog dirt.

It was not a subject perculiar to East Keswick, Janet reminded the meeting. From her position on a number of community bodies across the region she knew that this subject annoys and taxes many groups. Just a few uncaring dog owners give everyone a bad name when they fail to clear up after their dog - or even worse - clear up but leave the plastic bag and its contents hanging from a tree or hedge.

Chairman John Priestley thanked Janet on behalf of the village for her contribution to the Parish Council which goes back thirteen years. In that time she has been the instigator and a key player behind many events, not least the Village of the Year entries, the Royal Visit and some of the successful galas.

Her resignation creates an opportunity for another villager who wants to make a contribution to community life. The Parish Council stands for re-election every five years, the next time being 2011. If a vacancy occurs mid term - as in this case - the Parish Council can exercise its authority to co-opt or choose a new member. John Priestley would therefore like to hear from any interested villager and urges all who might be interested to speak to any Parish Councillor but to send a formal expression of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A paragraph explaining the reasons behind the interest is all that's needed.

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