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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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14 sacks of rubbish cleared from Cumbrian beach

A team of volunteers has cleared 14 sacks of rubbish weighing in at 165lb (75kg) from a beach.

Harrington clean up photo
Some of the Marine Conservation Society volunteers at the clean-up

Fourteen people joined three staff from Marks & Spencer for a two-hour litter-picking session on Harrington beach in Workington.

The event was part of the UK-wide Big Beach and Waterway Clean-up, organised by the retail firm in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society.

The beach behind Harrington Sailing and Fishing Club was among 113 beaches and 50 waterways being tidied up this week across the UK, linked to Marks & Spencer’s Forever Fish campaign.

The volunteers bagged up litter and recorded the types of rubbish and pollutants found.

Their information will feed into a nationwide survey.

As well as general litter, the group found scrap metal including fencing, a large piece of carpet and lots of fishing line.

The event was part of an annual clean-up which began last year and the volunteers found the beach cleaner to start with this year.

Stuart Crane, of Marks & Spencer in Workington, said: “It went really well. It’s removed a lot of pollution and rubbish and got rid of a lot of fishing line that wildlife can get tangled up in. Hopefully it will make people aware of how precious the beaches are and make sure people don’t drop litter.”

Among the volunteers was Tony Stevenson, 61, of Newlands Lane, Workington.

He said: “I volunteered to help the environment and the community. I recently retired so it’s something I thought I could help with.”

Anne Didcote, 66, moved to High Harrington in June and wanted to do her bit to help her local environment. She said: “I come to the beach a lot to walk the dog. There aren’t enough bins and not enough people pick up after themselves and their dogs.”

After the clean-up Marks & Spencer provided refreshments for the volunteers.

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