DOZENS of volunteers collected 40 sackfuls of rubbish from Seaton Carew beach in an annual clean up.
Staff from Marks and Spencer in Hartlepool and helpers joined the Marine Conservation Society in the event which was repeated at beaches up and down the country.
A pile of litter including bottles and cans and cigarette ends and discarded shoes were collected by the band of volunteers.
Andrea Maxwell, manager of Marks & Spencer, in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, said the day was a great success.
She said: “We were surprised at the turnout which was good considering the weather leading up to it hadn’t been very good.
“It is something that we do annually and we hope as it progresses year by year that more people will attend as we raise more awareness.”
In total almost 50 people volunteered their time to the event on Saturday.
Marks & Spencer has been working with the Marine Conservation Society for the last two years to clean up the country’s beaches. As well as keeping our coastline looking its best, The Big Beach Clean Up helps to preserve sea life at risk of ingesting plastic rubbish.
Marks & Spencer support the clean up as part of the business’s Plan A initiative.
Plan A sets out 180 commitments that Marks and Spencer want to achieve by 2015, with the ultimate goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer.
Staff work with customers and suppliers to combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically and to promote healthier living.