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More than 50 help the Great Cornish litter pick

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By Colin Gregory

  • LITTER PICKERS: Ian Saltern, Nigel Pearce, Alistair Deighton-Gibson from Bude.

  • DEBRIS: Pictured with some of the debris they had collected are Kai Dickens and Tom Indge, both from Bude.

  • DOGGED EFFORT: And the dog came too. Collecting debris are Janice Franklin, Dylan Dumbleton, Tilly and Lindsay Dumbleton, who are from Bude.

  • HEAVE: Little Alfie Allen, from Bude, shows all ages were ready to help as he tries to lift this giant log from the beach.

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VIOLENT storms over the past few weeks caused Cornwall's beaches to be strewn with litter and debris, but for a change there was glorious sunshine when people took part in the Great Cornish Litter Pick on Sunday.

More than 50 people volunteered to help in the litter pick at Summerleaze beach, where, as well as plastic and other debris, they sadly found 10 dead sea birds.

The birds included guillemots and razorbills which had been unable to survive the terrible storms.

The event, one of 10 taking place simultaneously at beaches across Cornwall, was organised by Volunteer Cornwall and Clean Cornwall in response to the weeks of stormy weather.

Summerleaze beach clean organiser Ian Saltern said: "It is a community exercise to show our visitors that Cornwall is open for business and to provide local people with an opportunity to do their bit to help clean up after the storms of recent weeks."

The beach clean cleared a large amount of plastic from Summerleaze beach, filling well over 50 refuse sacks.

Other items such as a car wheel, fishing crates and containers were also removed.

Mr Saltern said: "I'm really pleased with how well the event went and would like to thank all those who volunteered their time to help. Cornwall, and particularly Bude, has a great can-do spirit and that was shown today.

"I would particularly like to thank Avril Sainsbury for her help at short notice, also the Widemouth Task Force beach clean group for the loan of their litter pickers and bag hoops, and Bude DIY for providing gloves at a discounted rate.

"People have really enjoyed giving something back and have asked me if another clean is planned soon.

" There are no plans for another clean at Summerleaze at the moment, but people can always get involved with the Widemouth Task Force beach clean (details on Facebook) or take a bag down and do a quick clean themselves."

Further damage was caused to the railings at the Bude Sea Pool last week.

Paul Tilzey, chairman of the Friends of Bude Sea Pool, has issued a plea to any business who can help bring down the new railings which have been offered free by a business in Bilston, West Midlands.

However, Julian Walford, of the Stainless Steel Studio, based at Bilston in the Midlands, has offered to replace the railings to a higher standard than those currently there.

"He has offered to do the repairs and fit marine standard steel. It is a wonderful, wonderful offer," said Mr Tilzey.

"Now we need someone who can transport the railings from the West Midlands down to Bude. We need a kind business to help us in a time of need."

Mr Walford said he and his family come regularly to Bude and love the sea pool.

"The pool is dear to the heart of me and my family.

"When the storm calms down we will come down and take a look at what is required."

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