Ilkley businessman takes action on countryside rubbish with amusing film for campaign

Thomas Black (left) with Gareth Finister, who starred alongside the businessman in his litter campaign video

Thomas Black (left) with the Don’t Drop Litter Or Else actors and film crew

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A veteran businessman has commissioned and starred in his own film in a personal crusade against litter.

Fed up with the “horrible litter which is desecrating our beautiful Yorkshire countryside”, Thomas Black, a former joint chairman of Keighley-based Peter Black Holdings, has taken matters into his own hands.

Mr Black, 75, drafted in Leeds-based film-maker David Varley to shoot the campaign film at Denton, near Ilkley.

He said: “I am lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful areas of Yorkshire, on the outskirts of Ilkley, and it makes me so cross – and so sad – to see how many people disrespect the countryside and dump their revolting litter anywhere they want.

“Talk is cheap, though, and I decided to do something about it. I started off by doing my own litter-collecting rounds, close to my home, but I felt these were a drop in the ocean in response to an overwhelming problem. I needed to do something more hard-hitting, which would reach a wider audience.”

He came up with the idea of a short film, which he hopes will make people think and laugh at the same time.

The film, produced and directed by David Varley and his production company OnFilm.biz, is called Don’t Drop Litter Or Else!

It stars Mr Black, together with Gareth Finister, who plays a yobbish litterbug and Tony Hudson, who plays a farmer with a muckspreading machine, with Patch the Wonder Dog adding a fine cameo role.

“I don’t want to give too much away because people should see the film for themselves,” Mr Black said.

“Suffice it to say that I tackle a yob who is dumping loads of litter in the lovely Yorkshire countryside.”

Mr Black has also teamed up with Guiseley’s very own ‘Mr Litter’, Jeff Yates, to promote an anti-litter campaign in Yorkshire. Mr Yates, a deputy head teacher at a Leeds primary school, has devoted all of his spare time for the past 11 years to collecting litter.

Mr Yates said: “If we can repeat the message over and over again that dropping litter is socially unacceptable, then we may make a difference eventually.”

Don’t Drop Litter Or Else! can be seen at telegraphandargus.co.uk, on YouTube and on Mr Black’s Facebook page.

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10:24am Tue 22 Apr 14

mrs walker says...

I hate litter.

Driving over the Pennines these last few days you can see the impact of the Easter traffic - crisp bags, drink cans, fast food packaging.

Stupid people drop litter - people incapable of logical thought. Just who do they think will come and pick it up for them? "But It's The Council's Job!"

No, it's not. Clear up your own s***, you thick, disgusting waste of space.

Good for Mr Black and Mr Yates for doing something about it, though I wish the actor playing the van driver had ended up with the black plastic bag over his head. And if he suffocated, good!
I hate litter. Driving over the Pennines these last few days you can see the impact of the Easter traffic - crisp bags, drink cans, fast food packaging. Stupid people drop litter - people incapable of logical thought. Just who do they think will come and pick it up for them? "But It's The Council's Job!" No, it's not. Clear up your own s***, you thick, disgusting waste of space. Good for Mr Black and Mr Yates for doing something about it, though I wish the actor playing the van driver had ended up with the black plastic bag over his head. And if he suffocated, good! mrs walker
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10:28am Tue 22 Apr 14

mrs walker says...

mrs walker wrote:
I hate litter.

Driving over the Pennines these last few days you can see the impact of the Easter traffic - crisp bags, drink cans, fast food packaging.

Stupid people drop litter - people incapable of logical thought. Just who do they think will come and pick it up for them? "But It's The Council's Job!"

No, it's not. Clear up your own s***, you thick, disgusting waste of space.

Good for Mr Black and Mr Yates for doing something about it, though I wish the actor playing the van driver had ended up with the black plastic bag over his head. And if he suffocated, good!
(Sorry, Mr Finister, I meant for your character to end up with the black plastic bag over his head. Nothing personal against you!)
[quote][p][bold]mrs walker[/bold] wrote: I hate litter. Driving over the Pennines these last few days you can see the impact of the Easter traffic - crisp bags, drink cans, fast food packaging. Stupid people drop litter - people incapable of logical thought. Just who do they think will come and pick it up for them? "But It's The Council's Job!" No, it's not. Clear up your own s***, you thick, disgusting waste of space. Good for Mr Black and Mr Yates for doing something about it, though I wish the actor playing the van driver had ended up with the black plastic bag over his head. And if he suffocated, good![/p][/quote](Sorry, Mr Finister, I meant for your character to end up with the black plastic bag over his head. Nothing personal against you!) mrs walker
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11:46am Tue 22 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Not just a litter problem in the countryside: take a walk along any road or street within any city and you will see people walking and eating away: as soon as the food is finished they just throw the leftovers out to feed the wildlife and drop the packaging on the road or in the nearest garden.

These pathetic litter bugs need a lesson on being civilised and should be given a slap by the local beat bobby or local litter vigilantes!

Last week I found myself walking behind two Eastern Europeans and two young natives from this country. They all had frequented a fish and chip
Shop were eating as they walked. The English chaps just threw the half eaten snack on to the payment and did not bat an eyelid: i advised them
That it's not appropriate to throw the litter on the floor as people
Are walking on it and it looks messy. The young lads who were around 15-18 replied "keeps them cleaners in work don't it hee hee" moments later the young Eastern European lads who were around similar ages also just dropped their half eaten meals on the floor and without any hesitation said "council will clean".

If the people born and raised in this country do not look after it with their stupid mentality : we cannot expect foreigners to look after: we are in dire straights and this situation doesn't look like improving anytime soon.
Not just a litter problem in the countryside: take a walk along any road or street within any city and you will see people walking and eating away: as soon as the food is finished they just throw the leftovers out to feed the wildlife and drop the packaging on the road or in the nearest garden. These pathetic litter bugs need a lesson on being civilised and should be given a slap by the local beat bobby or local litter vigilantes! Last week I found myself walking behind two Eastern Europeans and two young natives from this country. They all had frequented a fish and chip Shop were eating as they walked. The English chaps just threw the half eaten snack on to the payment and did not bat an eyelid: i advised them That it's not appropriate to throw the litter on the floor as people Are walking on it and it looks messy. The young lads who were around 15-18 replied "keeps them cleaners in work don't it hee hee" moments later the young Eastern European lads who were around similar ages also just dropped their half eaten meals on the floor and without any hesitation said "council will clean". If the people born and raised in this country do not look after it with their stupid mentality : we cannot expect foreigners to look after: we are in dire straights and this situation doesn't look like improving anytime soon. Not so simple
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