Hundreds turn out to help clean beach

Photos by Jo Dennison

About 250 people turned up for a clean-up of Scarborough’s south-bay beach.

“It was our best attended beach clean ever”, says organiser Steve Crawford of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).

“We removed a huge amount of dangerous metal and netting that had been on the beach for decades.

“The recent storms had unearthed a huge amount of things that had been covered for years”.

Free vegan crêpes were provided by Anna Hunter from FlipNFast in Newcastle.

Many of the litter-pickers met at Blue Crush in the evening, to watch surf films and enter a raffle which raised £650.

Steve say the beach cleaners felt “huge disappointment” after one of the first warm weekends of the year, on the May-day bank holiday.

“After a real improvement in the amount of litter on the beach there was a definite feeling of hopefulness around the litter pickers of the town.

“But on the Sunday evening, we checked the beach to find things just as bad as ever. All the same old rubbish - chip cartons, plastic bottles, flip flops, buckets and spades and all the other wreckage that a day on the beach brings”, Steve says.

“So the message will out: come to our town, love our beach, but damn well leave it clean when you go!

“Anyone who saw Blue Planet and listened to David Attenborough couldn’t help but realise that we need radical and rapid change to our ways.

“Recent SAS campaigns have seen plastic-free communities springing up and we’ve even convinced Westminster to instate Plastic Free Parliament, so if the MPs can do it so can we. 

“We are aiming for plastic-free Scarborough. If you’ve a business and want to be included, let me know. It involves a willingness to change and a commitment to use fewer plastics in your everyday operations”.