Volunteers clean-up storm damaged beaches in spring-clean operation

Bournemouth Echo: IN THE BAG: Volunteers taking part in beach cleans at Bournemouth and Poole on Saturday and Sunday IN THE BAG: Volunteers taking part in beach cleans at Bournemouth and Poole on Saturday and Sunday

WINTER storms turned Dorset beaches into rubbish dumps – but dozens of people turned out over the weekend to give them a spring clean.

Among around 50 volunteers taking part in the Marks and Spencer and Marine Conservation Society’s Big Beach Clean-up at Baiter, Poole, on Saturday were half-a-dozen staff from the Dolphin Centre store.

Poole Mayor Cllr Phil Eades turned up to offer practical support, along with Mayoress, wife Helen, and his daughter Victoria, who all helped fill bags with litter from the shoreline.

“There was lots of broken glass on the beach, which is very worrying,” said the Mayor. “It was a very worthwhile exercise and my praise to M&S and all the local residents for turning up.”

By the end of the event more than 20 bags had been crammed with an assortment of rubbish, including glass, plastic, fishing gear, rope, underwear and a baby’s dummy.

Store manager Bree Logan said: “We are absolutely delighted with the turnout for this year’s Big Beach Clean-up and would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to help tidy Baiter Park.”

Around a dozen volunteers battled the elements at Bournemouth Beach yesterday in a bid to spruce-up the seafront as part of the Great Dorset Beach Clean initiative, organised by Dorset County Council.

Kitted out in his wet weather gear, Peter Ryan, who lives at East Cliff, said he wasn’t put off by the rain.

“It’s a bit of a nuisance but there’s not much you can do about it,” he said.

Seafront ranger Alex Thorne said he was delighted with the turn out, considering the conditions.

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11:05am Mon 28 Apr 14

anotherfatslob says...

Should be the couincil and criminals doing this.
Should be the couincil and criminals doing this. anotherfatslob
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11:52am Mon 28 Apr 14

Morrigan says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
Should be the couincil and criminals doing this.
Possibly so, but should people be dumping rubbish in the first place?
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: Should be the couincil and criminals doing this.[/p][/quote]Possibly so, but should people be dumping rubbish in the first place? Morrigan
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1:36pm Mon 28 Apr 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

When I first read the headline, I thought that it was the 'Volunteers clean-up storm' that had damaged the beaches (:o))
Would have read better for me with a hyphen after 'storm' perhaps they had used their quota already!
When I first read the headline, I thought that it was the 'Volunteers clean-up storm' that had damaged the beaches (:o)) Would have read better for me with a hyphen after 'storm' perhaps they had used their quota already! PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Mon 28 Apr 14

royeveleigh says...

Why is the only photo that of the Bournemouth Volunteers??????!!!!
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Why is the only photo that of the Bournemouth Volunteers??????!!!! !!!!!! royeveleigh
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5:55pm Mon 28 Apr 14

anotherfatslob says...

Because they're the ones who volunteered?
Because they're the ones who volunteered? anotherfatslob
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8:35pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

anotherfatslob wrote:
Should be the couincil and criminals doing this.
It's called DAVID CAMERON'S BIG SOCIETY, WE'RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER.

Which basically means, yes, this used to be a paid job for somebody to earn a living by, but now, with some clever manipulation and advertising it means the paid job is gone and has been magically replaced by volunteers who hope to get their photo in the press and prove to their parents that they are therefore not a total failure and have amounted to something and it's time the parents forgot about that one incywincy cannabis conviction they got many years ago.
[quote][p][bold]anotherfatslob[/bold] wrote: Should be the couincil and criminals doing this.[/p][/quote]It's called DAVID CAMERON'S BIG SOCIETY, WE'RE ALL IN IT TOGETHER. Which basically means, yes, this used to be a paid job for somebody to earn a living by, but now, with some clever manipulation and advertising it means the paid job is gone and has been magically replaced by volunteers who hope to get their photo in the press and prove to their parents that they are therefore not a total failure and have amounted to something and it's time the parents forgot about that one incywincy cannabis conviction they got many years ago. Sir Beachy Head
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