Store planning big seaside clean up at South Bay beach

Shoppers in Scarborough are being urged to pop on their wellies and volunteers to clean up South Bay, as part of a stores initiative to clean up the countries beaches.

Marks and Spencer is calling on volunteers across Scarborough to roll up their sleeves to clean the beach as part of the UK-wide ‘M&S Big Beach Clean-up’.

The event, starting at 10am on Thursday 25 April, is open to the entire Scarborough community, and all volunteers will be rewarded with a goody bag from the retail chain.

Richard Johnston, store manager at Marks and Spencer’s Scarborough store, said: “Our Big Beach Clean-up is a great way for customers and colleagues in Scarborough to volunteer and help their local community and protect local marine life.

“With the weather slowly improving, it is also a great excuse to get outdoors and have some fun!”

The ‘Big Beach Clean-up’ is being run with the support of the Marine Conservation Society, which will see beach activities take place across the country between 22 April and 28 April.

It is hoped that during this time around 8,000 people will get involved and 15 tonnes of litter will be collected, more than the weight of a double decker bus.

Most of the litter collected across Scarborough beach, as well as the UK, will be common items such as fishing nets, ropes and bottles tops.

According to the society there are two pieces of litter on every metre of British coastline, most of it plastic.

The harmful impacts of plastic on the UK’s marine life are becoming ever more apparent and the society is concerned that plastic pieces are found in the digestive systems of fish including whiting, john dory and gurnard.

Last year, beach cleaners found an array of unusual items including a set of false teeth and half a sofa in Edinburgh, a cabinet near Liverpool, a ten-pin bowling ball in Deal, a carpet in Clacton and a pink thong on Shoreham beach.

Last year over 6,000 people volunteered and collected 3,200 bin bags full of litter after cleaning over 100km of land.