Kids speak out at sea summit

The Turning Tides conference at Blackpool's Winter Gardens. St Mary's Catholic High School (Blackpool) pupils Caitlin Duffy (12) and Andrew  Salt (17).
The Turning Tides conference at Blackpool's Winter Gardens. St Mary's Catholic High School (Blackpool) pupils Caitlin Duffy (12) and Andrew Salt (17).
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YOUNGSTERS have spoken of their love of Blackpool’s beach –and called on adults to make sure they can keep enjoying it.

Sixth former Andrew Salt and 12-year-old Caitlin Duffy (both pictured right), both pupils at Blackpool’s St Mary’s Catholic College, told the Turning Tides delegates all residents living on the Fylde coast can help keep our waters clean.

Addressing the conference at the Winter Gardens yesterday, 17-year-old Andrew said: “My family use the beach for dog walking, and there’s been a lot of talk about sewerage but we also need to get the message out to people who don’t clean up after their dogs and leave dog mess on the beach.

“People also drink on the beach and leave rubbish behind and we need to get the message out to people about what they need to do.

“We can do that because we can talk at school and raise awareness because at the end of the day we all live here.

“We don’t want the town to have a reputation for having dirty water because it’s where we live.”

And Caitlin, who enjoys paddling in the sea with her brothers, added: “People go to the toilet in the sea because they don’t have change to use the toilets, so maybe it would be best if we had some free toilets which would mean we had cleaner sea.

“If it was me I would prefer to pay a bit of money to get some toilets instead of people not coming here.”