CORNWALL has been battered by the ferocious storms but the community has shown it won't be beaten by joining in to sweep away debris from the county's beaches.
Scores of volunteers gave their support to the clean-up operation when they turned up at Par beach on Sunday making it one of the biggest of the weekend.
More than 150 helpers collected between 200 and 250 bags of rubbish, which included swathes of plastic ribbon, felt, old tyres, the radiator fan from a motor engine and even a gas cylinder, which had been driven up on to the sand and the dunes behind the beach by the storms. The event was organised by Clean Cornwall and Volunteer Cornwall and supported by the Friends of Par Beach.
Beach-cleans were also staged at beauty spots including Polzeath, Looe and Gyllyngvase, Falmouth, as part of a countywide operation.
Henry Orchard, marketing director for Clean Cornwall, said: "The weekend's litter-pick demonstrates just why the Cornish community is so strong and we would like to thank everyone involved.
"With just three days' notice an army of volunteers took to beaches around Cornwall.
"People who were just out for a Sunday walk were asking the litter-pickers what was going on and then joining in; it was amazing."