Students clean up the beach

Students from BTT Course No 431, their course instructors and some of the rubbish they collected from Boulmer beach.

Students from BTT Course No 431, their course instructors and some of the rubbish they collected from Boulmer beach.

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BASIC trade training students from the School of Aerospace Battle Management at RAF Boulmer have cleaned up in a community project.

They spent five hours on Operation Boulmer Beach Clean, clearing about three miles of beach.

The team collected 40 large bin bags of rubbish, a large number of broken lobster pots and other items such as scrap metal and pieces of plastic. They also found a tyre, a tent, car parts, rope and even a toilet seat.

AC Andy Gray said: “A beach clean-up may not be glamorous, but with an enthusiastic team and ‘can do’ attitude, it was a rewarding day for us and hopefully we have made a difference to the local community.”

The team found that many of the locals also collect litter on a regular basis, but do not have the capacity to collect on such a large scale so were appreciative of the work put in by the students.

AC Timothy Freedlander said: “A day at the beach sounded like fun, but we were all fully aware of the work we had ahead of us.

“Our team worked hard together and we surprised ourselves with the amount we collected. It was also a great chance to meet some of the local people living in the village.”

The students will graduate in July and begin their first tour as aerospace systems operators.