Video and photo gallery: Pakefield beach is cleaned up in wake of Lowestoft tidal surge

A team of volunteers working hard clearing Pakefield beach of rubbish.

A team of volunteers working hard clearing Pakefield beach of rubbish. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Volunteers have cleared a north Suffolk beach of a skipful of debris that resulted from the tidal surge.

On Saturday about 15 people helped clear the beach at Pakefield, near Lowestoft, which had seen metres of sand washed away.

The clean up was organised by the Oddfellows pub and saw regulars and fishing men remove metal and wire from old fishing boats and wood, tarpaulins and plastic items from the beach.

Some of the items were then set of fire to dispose of them..

Charlie Atkins, landlord of the Oddfellows, said the volunteers had gathered up about a skipful of material.

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He said: 'You can see the difference we have made. There was a lot of debris on the beach and about 20m of sand had been washed away.'

Waveney Norse had provided wheelie bins for the volunteers who were also rewarded with free drinks from Lowestoft's Greek Jack Brewery.

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In the new year another beach clean will be organised to remove old winches from Pakefield beach.

On Saturday the leader of Waveney District Council Colin Law and council officials offered support to residents of Lowestoft's St Johns Road, which had been badly affected by the floods.

The council arranged for dehumidifiers to be delivered to peoples' homes to help dry them out and Mr Law personally called in an electrician to restore power for a resident.

Waveney Norse also carried out a street cleansing operation in St Johns Road.

An information gazebo was also set up in a nearby carpark to provide advice to beleaguered residents,

Copies of the EDP were also handed out by council staff so people could find out more about the EDP Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal.

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