Eco campaigner helps pupils before big exam

131633 Charles White 'Dr. Rock', front right, doing a special talk to General Studies students on the Sons Of Neptune, at Scarborough 6th Form College, pictured with Stewart MacDonald, front left, head of General Studies, students Alistair Hutchinson, 2nd left, and Megan Burnside, right, and tutor Patrick Argent, back.   Photo by Andrew Higgins  18/04/2013
131633 Charles White 'Dr. Rock', front right, doing a special talk to General Studies students on the Sons Of Neptune, at Scarborough 6th Form College, pictured with Stewart MacDonald, front left, head of General Studies, students Alistair Hutchinson, 2nd left, and Megan Burnside, right, and tutor Patrick Argent, back. Photo by Andrew Higgins 18/04/2013
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A leading Scarborough environmental campaigner has been helping talented A-level students ahead of their summer exams.

Charles White, co-founder of the marine conservation group The Sons Of Neptune gave a lecture to a group of General Studies students at the Sixth Form College recently as they study for their forthcoming A-level exams.

Mr White explained the circumstances in 1983 regarding the formation of the Neptune pressure group, which pre-dates the more well known Surfers Against Sewage organisation by more than seven years.

His appearance was well received by both staff and students, especially as it helped them learn about several key aspects of the curriculum at once.

Stewart MacDonald, head of department for General Studies said: “The AS General studies students study conservation, pollution and the role of pressure groups, so it was a great opportunity to have such a celebrated local activist speak about these issues from a very committed personal perspective”

Outlining the 18 year crusade against pollution of the sea locally and nationally, Mr White related their opposition to local and national government policies on the disposal of raw sewage and toxic waste into both Scarborough’s and UK inshore waters.

He added how campaigning by the group managed to bring about changes to EU law.