Volunteers’ mission to clean up beaches

A 50-STRONG group of people joined forces to clean up Scarborough’s South Bay beach.

Volunteers from all over Yorkshire came to the litter pick, organised by the Barefoot Wine Research Project, and collected over 100 kilos of rubbish.

As well as thousands of crisp packets and drink bottles, an array of bizarre items were removed from the beach including large lumps of industrial metal and copper piping, an array of discarded underwear and even several parts of an abandoned car including the stereo and steering wheel.

After the beach clean, everyone celebrated with a barbecue on the freshly cleaned beach and some complimentary glasses of Barefoot Wine.

The company, in conjunction with Surfers Against Sewage, has been encouraging communities all summer to help keep their local beauty spots as clean and safe as possible, ensuring they’re ‘barefoot friendly’ for all to enjoy.

Scarborough’s South Bay was the tenth port of call for the tour, after stops in the South East and South West of England, and Scotland, in May and June.

A spokesman said: “Britain has the thirteenth longest coastline in the world. At such a length, the UK offers great diversity in its coastal landscape, giving a wealth of ways to have fun at the seaside.

“So it’s no surprise that many of the North East’s beaches have substantial surfing communities, and Scarborough is no exception.

“However, on the Yorkshire coast, a piece of marine litter is found on average at least every 30cm, so in order to ensure that local beaches continue to offer such a brilliant array of ways to spend time outdoors, the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Tour is calling on volunteers to do their bit in returning beaches to their natural state by helping to tackle the litter that is unfortunately found on all beaches.”

Scarborough was one of four stops in the North East over the bank holiday weekend, with other beach cleans taking place at Whitley Bay, Mablethorpe Sandilands and Saltburn-By-Sea.

The tour will now call at two beaches in Wales before making its final stop of the year in Northern Ireland.