Workers help shift tonnes of rubbish at North Shields Fish Quay Sands – Video

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VOLUNTEERS have insured that the mouth of the Tyne is looking its best.

Around 30 volunteers from the AA Insurance’s Green Team in Newcastle donned their wellies and waterproofs to assist The Clean Tyne Project in cleaning up the stretch of river.

Seen taking part in the Clean Tyne Project at North Shields, are volunteers from the AA including (front two-left to right) George Westwater and Joanne Jobe.

Seen taking part in the Clean Tyne Project at North Shields, are volunteers from the AA including (front two-left to right) George Westwater and Joanne Jobe.

They spent Tuesday morning cleaning up the Fish Quay Sands at North Shields and managed to collect almost half a tonne of driftwood, plastics and scrap metal.

The project – a partnership between the Port of Tyne and the river’s bordering council authorities of Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Newcastle – aims to clean up the river and raise public awareness of environmental issues.

AA Business Support Team Manager Jim Pitt said: “This is the sixth year that we have taken part in this worthwhile project.

“We are proud to have continuously supported the project and firmly believe in looking after the river which is a tremendous asset to the region.”

The sixth year was celebrated with a cake supplied by project manager Jayne Calvert from Gateshead Council in recognition of the team’s support of the project.

She said: “The continued support from the AA’s Newcastle Green Team is fantastic. The Clean Tyne Project appreciates their commitment to helping make sure that the river is a great place to visit or live near.”

There are seven more clean ups planned this season, with one more in North Tyneside. Organisations and companies who wish to take part should contact Keith Newman on 07814 397951.