AN army of beach cleaners marched into town for the biggest seaside clean up on the Fylde coast.
More than one hundred volunteers, including residents, the Marine Conservation Society and a Sealife Centre shark joined forces for the event on Rossall beach.
Earlier this month The Gazette reported Blackpool’s main beaches and the sea at St Annes didn’t make it into this year’s Good Beach Guide.
The only local waters not to fail basic environment agency standards were Cleveleys and Bispham, but their basic pass rating is not enough to see them make the guide.
But locals are determined to keep their beaches tidy and this week Jubilee Beach at Cleveleys and Ferry Beach at Fleetwood earned Quality Coast Awards – for stretches of sand managed to the highest standards.
Chairwoman of the Rossall Group – who took part in the weekend’s big clean up – Jane Littlewood, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with the Marine Conservation Society on such an important and worthwhile project and the number of volunteers who have registered to take part shows the commitment of local residents who take enormous pride in their neighbourhood.
“The residents group which was formed almost four years ago with just a handful of residents now boasts a membership of over 150.
“The group have won numerous awards and grant funding for various projects, one of the most recent being a substantial grant to provide interpretation boards along the promenade at Rossall funded from the Big Lottery Fund.
“They have also just been presented with ‘Tourism in the Community’ the award, organised by the Wyre Tourism Association, recognise the quality, determination and achievements of Wyre’s tourism businesses.”
David Hewitt, secretary of the group, said: “One of our main objectives is to work together with residents and the various agencies to improve the area for everyone’s enjoyment and the support we have received has been overwhelming.”
Councillor Peter Murphy, responsible for keeping the borough clean and tidy at Wyre Council, said: “The Quality Coasts Awards are great news.
“It will reassure people that efforts are being made to look after what is a very valuable asset for Wyre.
“We can also officially say that our beaches are among the best in the country, which is a major boost for tourism.
“Much of this success is down to the hard working public volunteers and community groups who take part in regular beach cleans.
“Their help is invaluable and we’d like to publicly thank them for it.”