Coastline clear-up at Boscombe beach to tackle marine litter

Volunteers gather at Boscombe Pier to take part in a beach clean

Volunteers gather at Boscombe Pier to take part in a beach clean

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SURF’S up and the sun’s out – so it was gloves on for a team of hard-working volunteers determined to clear the coastline.

Around 40 people gathered at Boscombe Pier on Saturday to litter-pick along the beach as part of the nationwide Big Spring Beach Clean 2014, launched by Surfers Against Sewage.

The event was organised by Boscombe Green Community Fair Steward Team, with Karen Ralph taking the reins.

She said: “It’s so important to keep our beaches nice and clear of rubbish. We want people to be able to go and enjoy themselves without having to worry what they might be sitting next to.”

Volunteers formed two lines to comb the stretch of sand between the pier and cliff lift at Fishermans Walk.

Among those participating in the clean-up was Katherine Hall and her six-month-old baby Oshyn, pictured inset.

She said: “It’s great to take care of these things, and it just makes it so much nicer.”

Emma Johnson brought son Ollie, three, along for the day.

“We even brought him his own gloves,” she said.

Around 150 beach cleans happened across the UK at the weekend to help tackle marine litter.

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