Beach clean attracts record number of litter pickers

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 22 February 2018

More than 100 bags of rubbish were collected on Burnham beach.

More than 100 bags of rubbish were collected on Burnham beach.

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A record number of litter pickers gathered to clean Burnham-on-Sea’s beach.

More than 100 bags of rubbish were collected. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team. More than 100 bags of rubbish were collected. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team.

More than 60 volunteers braved the weekend’s windy conditions to fill their rubbish sacks with an array of items found on the banks of the River Brue, including a kettle, used car parts and old shoes.

During the two-hour clean, more than 100 sacks were collected.

MORE: Burnham town council unanimously backs plastic-free coastline campaign.

The results have inspired the formation of a new beach cleaning group in Berrow, which will meet for the first time on March 10.

More than 100 bags of rubbish were collected. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team. More than 100 bags of rubbish were collected. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team.

A spokesman for Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team said: “This really shows what a fantastic community we have in Burnham, people care about where they live and are willing to go out and make a difference.

“As coastguards, we see the effects of litter along the river banks and beaches and thank everyone for their amazing efforts.

“The organisers have done a great job and the community has once again gone above and beyond.”

The next beach clean in Burnham will be held on March 3 at 10am.

More than 100 bags of rubbish were collected. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team. More than 100 bags of rubbish were collected. Picture: Burnham Coastguard Rescue Team.

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