Volunteers will lead big clean-up of Hartlepool beach

TIDY WORK: Kathryn Reid (front) with volunteers from Marks & Spencer and the Marine Conservation Society, in last year's clean-up at Seaton Carew.
TIDY WORK: Kathryn Reid (front) with volunteers from Marks & Spencer and the Marine Conservation Society, in last year's clean-up at Seaton Carew.
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VOLUNTEERS led by a Hartlepool shop will head to the beach for a fourth annual big clean-up.

Marks & Spencer’s Big Beach Clean-up takes place on Seaton Carew Beach, on Thursday, May 7 and people can still sign up to help.

Seaton Carew beach is a location which is treasured by both locals and tourists, so it’s important we all do our bit to help keep it rubbish-free.

Andrea Maxwell, Marks & Spencer

The event starts at 10am and will be hosted in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Residents, businesses, families, students and societies are invited to join them in helping to scoop up unwanted rubbish.

Andrea Maxwell, store manager at M&S Hartlepool, said: “Not only will volunteers be doing something positive for the local environment but it’s also a chance to get together with friends and have some fun on the beach too!

“A fantastic effort was made last year, which resulted in 4,000 bin bags full of litter collected across the country.

“We’re hoping that this year will be our most successful yet, and we’re looking forward to doing our bit to make the beach a cleaner place for individuals to enjoy this summer.”

Litter collected from the UK’s beaches has previously included everything from fishing nets, ropes and the usual crisps, cans and bottle tops to false teeth, a plastic leg, two motorbikes, and a breast implant.

Andrea added: “Community spirit is so important and this is set to be a real joint effort from all of the local volunteers taking part.

“Seaton Carew beach is a location which is treasured by both locals and tourists, so it’s important that we all do our bit to help keep it rubbish-free.”

The latest clean-up will see events take place at 145 beaches and canals up and down the country between May 7 and 13.

The annual event is part of Marks & Spencer’s Forever Fish campaign which is funded by profits from carrier bag charges which reduces their use and has raised over £8million for good causes.

Find out more by going to www.marksandspencer.com/plana and follow the event on Twitter and Facebook.