Volunteers clean up borough’s beaches

Taking part in the M&S Big Beach Clean-up at Hazelbank are Rachael Vennard,Joanne Robinson,Donna Crawford and David Barrett. INNT 17-046-PSB
Taking part in the M&S Big Beach Clean-up at Hazelbank are Rachael Vennard,Joanne Robinson,Donna Crawford and David Barrett. INNT 17-046-PSB
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MORE than 140 volunteers took part in the recent M&S Big Beach Clean-up events at Hazelbank and Loughshore.

The clean-ups, supported by the Marine Conservation Society, were backed by Environment Minister Alex Attwood, who was joined by his two young daughters as he helped remove litter from the beach at Loughshore Park.

Over the two days, more than 100 bin bags full of rubbish, weighing a total of 681kgs, were removed from the two beaches. Items removed from along the shoreline included a tricycle, a bicycle and a scooter.

“I want to send a clear message to those who litter. Litter affects lives in many ways, not only impacting our health and wellbeing but it also puts off tourists from returning and it stops companies investing in jobs here,” Mr Attwood commented.

The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is one of a number of initiatives taking place as part of Tidy Northern Ireland’s Big Spring Clean campaign.

Campaign manager Lynsey McCloskey commented: “We were thrilled to have the Minister and his family here with us to take part in a Big Spring Clean event and they did a great job - rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in. Last year we had over 27,000 volunteers and this year we are aiming for 50,000 so we would encourage everybody to get involved and follow the Minister’s example.”

For more information about the Big Spring Clean log on to www.bigspringcleanni.org