Volunteers roll up their sleeves to help clean town’s coastline

Volunteers take part in a beach clean at Fleetwood Beach.
Volunteers take part in a beach clean at Fleetwood Beach.

Dozens of people turned out to give Fleetwood beach a bank holiday clean.

Armed with litter pickers, rubbish bags and gloves, volunteers set off along the beach towards the Marine Hall to pick up the mess that others had left behind.

However, Asda Community Champion Layla Hampson said she was surprised at how much cleaner the sands were than last time they did a beach clean.

She said: “We had a lot of volunteers and I really think there was an improvement in how much litter there was.

“There certainly wasn’t as much dog fouling, hopefully people are taking more care.”

In total, the hard-working volunteers filled 50 black bags of rubbish including fishing twine, cotton buds, cigarette ends and general rubbish.

The most macabre find of the day was a dead fox which was dealt with by the Wyre Countryside Rangers.

After the event, volunteers were given a guided tour of the Rossall Point Observation Tower and admired the wonderful views across Morecambe Bay from the viewing platform.

Volunteers included members of the public, local councillors, Asda staff and members of the National Citizen Service.

Wyre Borough Councillor Emma Anderton said: “This has been another great example of borough and town councils working together with the residents of Fleetwood and with fantastic support from our local Asda store to improve our town. Thanks to all the volunteers who turned up on the day, the Wyre Countryside Ranger team for their help and support in making the event such a success and to Asda Fleetwood for providing a free buffet lunch for the participants after the litter pick.”

Wyre Countryside ranger Mike Tattersall said “It was really great to see such a good turnout for the Saturday Beach Clean. Community involvement is central to what we are trying to achieve here at Rossall point.

“I would encourage anyone who would like to care for the coast to visit us at Rossall Point to see how they can get involved.”