Big clean up at Portstewart

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Over 70 local volunteers descended on Portstewart Strand last Friday to take part in Marks & Spencer’s (M&S) Big Beach Clean-up.

M&S customers and employees were joined by other local community groups to help free the beach from rubbish and protect the area’s marine life.

The event is run in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and saw litter pickers collecting everything from wrappers and tin cans to pieces of rope.

More than 18 bags of rubbish were collected from Portstewart Stand (1541 items) weighing in at a staggering 36.8 kg.

Simon Lucas, Head of Region for M&S in Northern Ireland, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the turn-out for this year’s Big Beach Clean-up and would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to tidy Portstewart Strand.

“The clean-up is all about bringing the local community together to help protect marine life and the environment, and it was fantastic to see so many people working together, having fun and supporting such a great cause.”

The M&S Big Beach Clean-up is part of M&S’ Forever Fish campaign which is funded by the profits from the 5p carrier bag charge in M&S foodhalls.

This year, activities took place across 95 beaches and 45 canals in the UK.