Store seeking support for its beach tidy-up

A high street retailer is helping organise a major litter picking event on a North Tyneside beach next month.

Staff at Marks & Spencer’s Silverlink branch will join residents, businesses and other organisations in clearing rubbish from a Whitley Bay beach.

The event takes place on Wednesday, April 30, from 10am.

And volunteers taking part will be treated to a beach-side barbecue and live entertainment on the day.

Anyone who registers for the event in advance at will also receive a money-off M&S voucher on the day of the beach clean.

Terri-Anne Rigg , store manager at M&S Silverlink, said: “We’re calling upon as many local people as possible to help us rid Whitley Sands beach of litter.

“This is a fun initiative that will bring the community together to help our local environment and protect our precious marine life.

“Plus, after all the hard work is done everyone will be rewarded with a delicious barbecue and live music.”

The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of its Forever Fish campaign, which is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls.