Thanet volunteers out in force for the Big Spring Beach Clean

Volunteers at Cliftonville Lido Photo Joss Bay Surf School

Spring clean volunteers were out at Cliftonville Lido on Saturday and a group of 15 tackled litter on Ramsgate Sands on Sunday.

Some 50 volunteers turned out at the Lido, including Joss Bay Surf School boss Dave Melmoth who is also a Surfers Against Sewage campaigner.

He said: “I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who turned out. It always blows me away, the enthusiasm and passion that’s shown by our community is truly inspiring.” The volunteers cleared some 500kg of litter.

Volunteers from Ramsgate Town Team, Thanet Green Party, South Thanet Labour Party and friends took to Ramsgate Sands for the clean up.

The group, which included two walkers who stopped to join in for an hour, collected three large bags of rubbish just from the stretch between Wetherspoons and the end of the café area.

Organiser Becky Wing, of Thanet Green Party, said: “We organised this event at the last minute and were very pleased with the number of volunteers who turned up in response to postings on social media. Several local dog-walkers regularly pick up litter from the sands early in the morning, so there weren’t many large items of rubbish– but as viewers of Blue Planet will know, small pieces of plastic are particularly dangerous to marine life and we found plenty of those.

Photo Brian Whitehead

“We also picked up cigarette ends, bottle tops, small pieces of broken glass, balloons and small bits of nylon rope. We’d like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers, as well as to the dog walkers who do such a great job in keeping our beaches clean over the winter months.”

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