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Get your hands dirty to help save tidal surge-hit Hemsby beach

12:13 07 March 2014

Volunteers clearing up after the floods at Hemsby. Photo: Bill Smith

Volunteers clearing up after the floods at Hemsby. Photo: Bill Smith

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Hands on support for the tidal surge-hit community of Hemsby is needed.

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People from across Norfolk and Suffolk will gather on the beach this Sunday to help with a community litter pick.

The ‘Big Beach Clean Up’ will start at 10am, meeting outside the Lacon Arms. Volunteers are welcome, but asked to wear sturdy footwear and suitable clothes.

Villager Martin Mehmet, who runs the Happy Days holiday chalets in the beach resort and previously helped coordinate a clear up in the days following the December 5 storm surge, will run a bus in the morning collecting people from nearby towns and villages. All seats must be booked - and Martin can be contacted via the Save Hemsby Coastline Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Save Hemsby group is gearing up for more fundraising.

Tickets for a charity golf day are on sale now.

The fundraiser will be held at the Caldecott Golf Course in Beccles Road, Fritton, on Friday, April 2. There will be a 10am ‘shotgun start’.

The day will include 18 holes of golf, a hot buffet, a raffle and auction.

Entry is £20 for members of the Caldecott club and £30 for non-members.

For details call Joan Naylor on 01493 732041 or email naylorjoan@hotmail.com.

Several homes on the Marrams were destroyed by the December storm surge, but locals had started campaigning to save the beach months earlier after the winter of 2012/13 caused havoc - eating away at the dunes and taking huge amounts of sand from the privately-owned beach.

To find out more about Save Hemsby Coastline’s campaign, visit the Facebook page or contact the group via the Lacon Arms pub.

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