Belfast Telegraph

Beach clean volunteers needed

By Rebecca Petticrew

AFTER a summer which saw local beaches hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, the search is on for volunteers to help clean up Millisle's shoreline.

The event, part of the Marine Conservation Society's "Beachwatch Big Weekend", takes place on September 23 between 6.30 and 7.30pm. Last year's "Big Weekend" clean-up removed more than 23,000 pieces of rubbish from Northern Ireland's shores, with plastic topping the list of items most commonly found by the volunteers.

The beach cleans are being organised by Ards Borough Council, in conjunction with Millisle and District Community Association.

Chairman of the council's development committee, Cllr Trevor Cummings wants local people to get involved: "Having had such a great summer, our beaches have been enjoyed by increased numbers of people. Sadly, that also brings an increase in litter, so this year's clean-up is more important than ever. I'm hoping to see lots of local volunteers come out September 23to give up even half an hour of their time and to show they care for their coastline," he said.

Anyone interested in taking part should meet in the main car park beside Millisle Lagoon. Suitable clothing and footwear and gardening gloves are also recommended.

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