Dozens join Hunstanton beach litter blitz

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Hunstanton residents showed that they cared about the state of their beaches on Saturday when more than 60 took part in a clean-up drive.

The initiative was held ahead of a national week-long Big Spring Beach Clean Up, organised by Surfers Against Sewage, which ends this Sunday.

Volunteers, who met at the resort’s sailing club, scoured a mile of the front from the sailing club to the launching ramp on the town beach.

Between them, they collected more than 30 bags of rubbish, with a prize for the most unusual item going to the volunteer who found a blue 10 gallon container.

As well as plastics and other general litter, items found included broken glass, tyres, sweeping brooms and large metal parts from the old pier.

Event organiser Samantha Rutt said: “There were hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of cigarette butts and we even found a complete ladies outfit.

“It was a very successful day. The whole community got together - complete strangers got to know each other.

“I’d like to thank all the public-spirited people who turned out and the sailing club who hosted us. We’re going to do it again at the end of the summer.”

Around 10,000 volunteers are estimated to be taking part in the clean-up campaign around the British coast this week.

It has been estimated that some 160 plastic bottles litter every mile of the British coastline.

Members of the Hunstanton Round Table backed up their £200 donation towards the cost of providing rubbish bags and litter pickers by joining other volunteers to help the clear-up.

Joe Bates, from the organisation, said: “We not only wanted to help financially but it was nice to be a volunteer, too.”

Community groups and businesses including Hunstanton Water Sports, Hunstanton Kayaks, Hunstanton Sailing Club and Barefoot SUP and Fitness also gave their support to the event.