Community Clean-up Unearths Unusual Treasures
Finds on foreshore include rare fish and false teeth!
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A Victorian jug, a rare type of fish rarely found in the Thames called a sea lamprey and a set of false teeth were among the most unusual objects uncovered in a community clean-up of Fulham's foreshore last Saturday.

Signed Fulham merchandise was on offer to local volunteers who found the most interesting items.  The winner, Rory Andrew, won the first prize of a signed Fulham shirt for finding the jug and two runners-up, Oscar Bridge and Andy Moore, each won a signed Fulham football for finding the sea lamprey, a rare type of fish which lives in freshwater and seldom found in a river, and the false teeth.

Thames21, the charity aiming to clean up London’s various waterways, joined forces with Fulham Football Club and around 100 volunteers from the local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Coordinators, Bishops Park Coordinating Group, local residents, police officers and Fulham FC staff & supporters to help clean up a section of the foreshore on the banks of the Thames, adjacent to Bishops Park and Craven Cottage, on Saturday June 27.

The clean-up was instigated by officers of the Palace Riverside Safer Neighbourhood Team, headed up by PC Nick Ferris. He said: " Saturday’s clean-up was a great success. All the team thoroughly enjoyed taking a few hours break from day to day policing responsibilities to get stuck in to such a worthwhile project. It was a real pleasure to work alongside so many of our local residents, friends at Fulham FC, Thames21 and everyone else who joined in the fun."

Thames21 Rivers Programmes Manager, Chris Coode, added: " It’s great to see so many local volunteers from this area take part and help improve their local environment. The River Thames is a magnificent resource for all manner of recreational activity and the volunteers today have helped make it a better, cleaner place for humans and wildlife."

Fulham Football Club works regularly with its local community and volunteers' network and is involved with a river clean-up every year.

The Club’s Community Sports Trust also plays an important part in the local area by delivering several programmes in areas of social inclusion, education, healthy living and disability sports.

Fulham Football Club’s Head of Communications and Marketing, Sarah Brookes, said:  " I am particularly delighted that so many local people have dedicated their spare time for a worthy cause and share the Club’s desire to sustain a safe and clean environment."

July 1, 2009