Burger staff cleaning up the borough

ORGANISATIONS are teaming up with council staff to help clean up the borough.

A range of activities and events have been taking place as part of North Tyneside Council’s Big Spring Clean campaign.

Around 30 staff members from the McDonald’s drive-through restaurant at the Silverlink Retail Park will be swapping burgers for sand when they take part in a clean-up of two borough beaches.

From noon on Monday they will help clean the beaches at Tynemouth Long Sands and King Edward’s Bay.

McDonald’s crew trainer Robert Macciocci, who helped organise the event, said: “It’s something that’s really worthwhile and I’m hoping to get as many members of staff involved as possible.

“Unfortunately, people will often leave their rubbish on the beach or along the pathways above them – especially during the warm weather.

“Hopefully, what we’re doing will help make a difference.”

And around ten youth councillors took part in a litter pick in Whitley Bay town centre on Wednesday, April 4, where they were also joined by local residents – filling nine bags of rubbish in the process.

And pupils from Southlands School, in Beach Road, Tynemouth, carried out four litter picks at Long Sands as part of a recent environment week.

The school – for pupils aged 11 to 16 with moderate learning difficulties – also held nature walks around Northumberland Park and Holywell Dene; a visit to the Rising Sun Farm and a pizza-making event using locally sourced ingredients as part of their initiative.

Teacher Julie Swales said: “We always encourage the students to care for their surroundings and this enables us to really focus on that.

“It was also an opportunity to explore places on your own doorstep.

“The students enjoyed being out and about and felt they were making a difference to the environment through initiatives like the beach litter pick.”

The Big Spring Clean campaign runs until Friday, May 25.

For more information visit the Big Clean section at www.northtyneside.gov.uk