Volunteers crack down on rubbish at borough beach

Surfers Against Sewage held a beach clean-up at Whitley Bay at the wekend. Picture by JOHN MILLARD

Surfers Against Sewage held a beach clean-up at Whitley Bay at the wekend. Picture by JOHN MILLARD

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ALMOST 100 volunteers pulled on their rubber gloves to rid Whitley Bay beach of rubbish last Friday.

The event was part of an awareness raising tour of beaches around the country by Surfers Against Sewage in conjunction with Barefoot Wines.

Despite the rain and chilly breeze 116kg of litter was collected by volunteers, whose energy levels were kept in check with a barbecue.

In the evening the litter pickers were treated to a gig by Brother and Bones frontman Rich Thomas after Ben Howard, who was due to perform, had to pull out due to illness.

A spokesperson for the campaign said: “To date, the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Tour has welcomed thousands of volunteers who together removed many tonnes of marine litter from the coastline.

“This year, we hope to attract a greater number of volunteers to help remove this unsightly and hazardous litter from our beaches.”