COMMUNITY groups in Witney are fighting back against polio by painting the town purple.

The Rotary Club of Witney and the Witney Horticultural Society have planted purple crocuses outside Witney Hospital, the health centres in Welch Way, Langdale Gate and in Witan Way.

The groups hopes to raise awareness of the Purple4Polio campaign.

Rotary Club president Steve Holborough said: "We are so close to beating polio.

"It is vital that we all make one last push to eliminate it.

"The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotaries worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child who has been immunised.

"We are working with the local RHS Group to brighten up the local area and promote health and wellbeing by planting 15,000 crocus corms in Witney."

The Rotary club has backed the campaign to eradicate polio over the past 30 years and has helped reduce the amount of polio-endemic countries from 125 to two in that time.

It is hoped the campaign will engage communities in purple activities as the final push for the campaign.