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M&S beach initiative a ‘clean’ success

Posted on May 7, 2014 @ 12:21 PM in Beaches

Sarah Monaghan, on behalf of M&S, rounds up their Big Beach Clean Up which took place over 4 days on beaches across Northern Ireland...

The results are in….. (Drum roll please)

The grand total of rubbish collected at the 2014 M&S Big Beach Clean-ups in Northern Ireland is:

789 kgs!

Yes, almost a whopping 800 kilos of litter were collected over 4 days at the beach cleans at Loughshore in Jordanstown, Portstewart Strand, Ballyholme in Bangor and Warrenpoint beach.

Almost 300 people joined forces to rid the beaches of waste which, amongst general rubbish such as wrappers and tin cans, this year included a car mat, a For Sale sign, a Christmas bauble, a bullet case, a car headlight and underpants!

Who would have thought!

The four beach cleans, which took place between 24- 27 April, were part of a nationwide campaign tackling litter on 95 UK beaches and 45 canals. The initiative is in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society and the Canal & River Trust, and there have been some fantastic reports from right across the UK.

The highlight in NI was the clean-up in Jordanstown which saw over 100 people take part.  The volunteers were treated to an M&S BBQ and entertainment from the Cool FM ‘bus’.

The fact that the sun was shining was an added bonus!

Thanks to all who helped out!

Beverley Magowan
Beverley Magowan  Senior Marketing Officer

Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club in 2013 she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads across the country!

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