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Norma and David dedicate more than 25 years to keeping Fowey beaches clean

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

HELPING HANDS: From left, volunteers Roger and Sue Simpson, Norma and David Savery, with Claire Hoddinott, of Fowey Harbour Commissioners, at Readymoney Cove, Fowey.

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A HUSBAND and wife team from Fowey who have devoted more than 25 years to keeping the town's beaches clean have been praised for their dedication to the cause.

David and Norma Savery first began cleaning Readymoney beach when their eldest granddaughter came to stay from America.

"It all started 27 years ago," Mrs Savery explained.

"Our eldest granddaughter came to stay for a month or so when she was three and when we were at the beach we would just clear up bits and pieces."

"Fowey is lovely and the beaches are lovely so we wanted to keep them looking nice."

The couple continued cleaning Readymoney beach and were later asked if they could look after Whitehouse beach too.

"Twenty-five years later we put a notice in the Fowey newsletter to see if anybody else would be interested in helping us keep the beaches clean," Mrs Savery said.

"And since then our team has cleaned both beaches every day of the week."

Over the years the team has seen a variety of items washed up on the shore, from odd shoes to a telegraph pole.

"When we first started it was mostly litter left by people on holiday but now the tourists never leave anything behind. It's mostly things that have been washed up from the sea," Mrs Savery said.

The grandparents of nine are now taking a step back from the group to enjoy their retirement, leaving fellow beach cleaners Roger and Sue Simpson to co-ordinate the team.

"My husband is 84 and I will be 80 next month," Mrs Savery said.

"We thought maybe it's time to give it up."

Claire Hoddinott, environment officer at Fowey Harbour Commissioners, praised David and Norma for their hard work over the years.

"It is their amazing work and that of the whole team of volunteers who clean the beaches daily which make these beaches so popular for local people and visitors," she said.

"It is people like David and Norma with such community spirit and love for our town that make it the special place that it is."

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