Army of volunteers clean beach at Skegness

Paul Marshall, of Coastal Access for All, with volunteers at the beach clean in Skegness. ANL-161203-164200001
Paul Marshall, of Coastal Access for All, with volunteers at the beach clean in Skegness. ANL-161203-164200001

Eager volunteers met in Skegness today for the first of the season’s beach cleans.

About 10 residents armed with bags gathered outside Xsite skate park on North Parade to tackle the rubbish left by walkers and washed up by the spring tides.

It’s important our beaches are clean for visitors

Mandy Andrew, County Care

The beach clean was one of a number being organised by Paul Marshall, of Coastal Access for All, on the run-up to Easter.

Among the volunteers was Mandy Andrew of County Care independent living, who had taken along some service users.

She said: “Our service users do regular beach cleans most Thursday afternoons throughout the winter but we also like to support community events.

“It’s important that our beaches are clean for visitors.”

A number of local businesses are supporting the campaign, including Butlins, Bibbys, The Lookout, Kings Head, Taste, The View, The Beachcomber and The Links. Butlins are donating six new litter bins for a blackspot between them and the Beachcomber, which is privately owned.

Seven local bars are donating meals which can be won by volunteers that turn up to help out.

The next beach clean is at Winthorpe on Saturday, March 19, meeting outside the View Bar Restaurant at 10am.

Paul said: “Please join us. It only takes between one and two hours and it’s just a stroll on the beach with friends.”

* Don’t miss Wednesday’s Skegness Standard to see how they did.