Set for clean sweep on the Golden Mile

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A GIANT beach clean is set to sweep away the dross shaming Blackpool’s golden sands.

People are being asked to give up some of their time from 3pm on Saturday, to join in the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) clean-up and litter survey.

Levels of beach litter have doubled over the last decade, meaning some of the nation’s favourite marine wildlife such as otters, seals and dolphins are under direct threat from waste and litter dumped in the sea.

Animals and fish regularly eat or become tangled up in discarded rubbish – causing many to become sick and even die.

And the MCS says litter on beaches can also spoil the enjoyment of people who use the beach, as well as being potentially hazardous to them too.

Sea Life Blackpool is joining forces with the MCS, Blackpool Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities for the Beachwatch event.

Organisers are hoping at least 100 volunteers of all ages will turn out for the big clean-up.

Jenn Newton, general manager of Sea Life Blackpool, said: “The tide of litter washing up on our shores is not just unpleasant to look at, it can harm and even kill some of our best-loved marine wildlife.

“More than 170 species including seabirds, turtles and whales have mistaken marine litter for food and actually eaten it, which in many cases has resulted in starvation and poisoning which has lead to the death of our sea life.”

“We want people to come down to Blackpool on and take part in Beachwatch – which will not only make the beach look great for visitors, but will also help MCS identify where the litter comes from and try and stop it at the source.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Lifeboat Station, on Blackpool Promenade, opposite the Sea Life centre.

Staff from Sea Life Blackpool will be on-hand to assist in the clean-up and provide information and guidance for volunteers who take part.

Jenn added: “As a very special thank you to all the volunteers who come down on the day, we are offering them a free ticket to visit Sea Life as a reward for their hard work.”