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Edition No. 171

Date:- 09 October 2004

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SCOUT Groups across the UK have raised a massive £250,000 in the last five years by recycling so-called rubbish. 

Over 1,800 Scout Groups that signed up to a recycling programme run by the British company Eurosource raised the cash. 

They have each taken a share of the quarter of a million pounds, generated from recycling old, unwanted mobile phones and used printer cartridges that would otherwise be thrown away into polluting landfill sites. 

Eurosource refurbishes and re-sells the products; rewarding groups who help rescue the recyclable items by giving them a substantial share of the proceeds. 

Fiona Brennan from the Scout Association said:- "Raising a quarter of a million pounds is a fantastic achievement for us and I'd like to thank everyone who participated in the recycling programme and made it such a success. 

The importance of recycling and protecting the environment is stressed to all our Members and I am proud that they have taken this so seriously - the amount raised is testament to this." 

There are literally millions of mobile phones languishing in drawers and cupboards at home or at work - an estimated 75million in the UK alone. Placed end-to-end, these would stretch round the edge of a football pitch 32,000 times or along the length of the Great Wall of China nearly five times. 

Concorde Website Takes-Off 

A new Concorde website flew to its launch this week displaying the latest details of the legendary aircraft for all to view at Manchester Airport.   Since April 2004, Concorde G-BOAC, the flagship of British Airways' retired Concorde fleet, has been on exhibit at the airport's aviation viewing park situated off the A538 and open to the public every day. 

The website, is designed to offer Concorde fans up-to-date news about on-board tours and opportunities for weddings and corporate events. There are also facts and figures about Concorde, nicknamed Alpha Charlie, and the Concorde fleet in general. 

"We decided to make it even easier for people to find out about Concorde by launching this website" said Helen Randle, Manchester Airport's Marketing Development Manager. "The web address takes you straight to Concorde information and offers other relevant contacts." 

The aviation viewing park, where Concorde sits on its own runway, is situated off the A538 and is open every day, except Christmas Day.   Public tours, which give enthusiasts the chance to go in the flightdeck and cabin, will run later this month and during December. They must be pre-booked by telephoning the airport tour centre on 0161 489 3932. 

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