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Bexhill Beach Clean volunteers brave the weather to clear storm rubbish

Bexhill beach clean. March 22, 2014 SUS-140325-110845001

Bexhill beach clean. March 22, 2014 SUS-140325-110845001

Rain didn’t stop play at last weekend’s beach clean and dozens of volunteers rolled up their sleeves to help the environment.

Organised by Bexhill Environmental Group (BEG) Saturday’s Beach Clean, West Parade, was a success despite bad weather. BEG’S Joe Conneally said while setting up for the event the heavens opened and heavy rain, and a short burst of hail stones, made the local group wonder if people would stay at home. But stalwart volunteers turned out in force. Joe said: “We were simply thrilled that around 60 people arrived to help clean up our beach last Saturday. “The people of Bexhill have really responded to the need to clear our beaches after all the debris - from a combination of high tides and strong wind - landed on our foreshore.”

Rubbish collected ranged from a two foot diameter orange marker buoy named Beachy Head to plastic bottle tops all of which Joe said would have polluted our coast endangering marine life and impacting on the safe enjoyment of our beaches. Joe added: “One volunteer found a set of house keys which were taken to the police and hope that they can be reunited with the owner.”

Volunteers made great use of the new grabbers, buckets and gloves donated by James Kimber of the Cooden Beach Hotel and B&Q and then enjoyed refreshments provided by Little Common Co-op.

Students from Brighton University, Eastbourne campus, Harriet Scoot, Lara Forham and Amber Willis joined in the beach clean; they are also members of www.cleanseasplease.net

BEG record a list of rubbish collected. Visit: www.bexhillenvironmentalgroup.co.uk

 

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