Dozens of bags of rubbish were cleared from the north Northumberland coastline this morning as volunteers pitched in to give beaches a Big Spring Clean.
The mass litter-pick, organised by campaigning group Surfers Against Sewage, aimed to clean 150 beach cleans around the country, involve 3,000 volunteers, span all coastal counties and remove a minimum of 10 tonnes of debris.
Surfer Sally Cook, from Alnwick, arranged an event at Seaton Point, near Boulmer, and was delighted at the turnout, young and old. She handed out gloves, donated by Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, and sacks, from MKM Building Supplies, Alnwick, to around 50 people, including members of North Northumberland District Explorers.
A large pile of rubbish was collected in a couple of hours and will be removed by Northumberland County Council.
“It’s been amazing – I can’t believe the amount of people that have turned up to help,” said Sally. “I’m looking forward to doing more in the future.”
Other Big Spring Beach Cleans due to be held in north Northumberland this weekend were at Amble today and Longbeach, Beadnell, tomorrow, from 11am to 1pm. Meet behind the snack bar in Longbeach car park, please bring gloves.