Beach cleaners from Walcott to Happisburgh gather 32 kilos of rubbish

Volunteers help to clean the beach at Walcott. Pictured are Michelle Duddy (left) and Delia Hubbard.

Volunteers help to clean the beach at Walcott. Pictured are Michelle Duddy (left) and Delia Hubbard. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Litter pickers braved the rain and collected 32 kilos of rubbish from a north Norfolk beach this afternoon.

The eight Beach Watch volunteers gathered items including mesh, rope, plastics, metal and cotton buds from a two-mile stretch between Walcott and Happisburgh in a two-hour period.

Organiser Michelle Duddy, a volunteer with the Marine Conservation Society, said the main aim had been to help protect the environment.

Whales, dolphins and other sea creatures ingesting plastic bags could then starve to death, because of problems caused to their digestive systems.

And as plastics degraded, they released toxins into the sea which entered our food chain via fish.

Volunteers are welcome to join in future Beach Watch cleans.

They are planned on: February 13, 10am in Sea Palling, meet at the ramp next to Reefs Bar; February 21, 11am in Mundesley, meet at the ramp opposite the arcade; March 6, 11am in Walcott, meet at the seafront gap.

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March 12, 1pm in Sea Palling, meet at the ramp next to Reefs Bar.

Sunday March 27 at 11am in Mundesley, meet at the ramp opposite the arcade.