Call to join the big beach clean

Jack Jones, six and sister Lily, seven with Sharky. Below - Jenn Newton.
Jack Jones, six and sister Lily, seven with Sharky. Below - Jenn Newton.
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CONSERVATIONISTS are urging beach users not to ‘destroy what they enjoy’.

That is the message from hoards of beach cleaners taking to Blackpool beach tomorrow to tidy up the sands.

Jenn Newton

Jenn Newton

Following the success of the resort’s first ever beach clean in September, which saw more than 70kg of rubbish collected, organisers have set up a second event and residents are invited to join them.

Staff from Sea Life Centre Blackpool will lead the beach clean from the lifeboat station, opposite the Promenade attraction, from 10am tomorrow.

Jenn Newton, general manager at Sea Life, said: “Following the great success of our first Blackpool beach clean we hope to make this one even bigger and better.

“Maintaining our beaches is a work in progress and we hope that by setting up these monthly beach cleans we will make a real impact on the quality of Blackpool’s coastline and create a safer and more habitable environment for wildlife and sea creatures.”

More than 100 volunteers cleaned up industrial waste, prams, broken bottles and fishing net during September’s clean. Levels of beach litter have doubled in the last decade, threatening otters, seals and dolphins and causing fish to become sick and even die.

Sea Life is joining forces with the Marine Conservation Society, Blackpool Council, the Environment Agency and United Utilities to ensure the beaches are pristine ahead of half term holidays next week.

All those who join the beach clean will be given free entry into Sea Life Blackpool, tomorrow, as a thank-you.

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