A beautiful summer Saturday, on 8th August 2015, in Southampton saw the energetic volunteers of the Friends of Weston Shore running their annual Big Beach Clean Up. They welcomed old and new friends to the shore to help clean up litter to keep the beach looking pristine and beautiful.
Not only is litter unsightly and spoils what might be a beautiful view, it is also a danger to visitors to the shore, especially children, and the wildlife that lives there. The Friends of Weston Shore were joined by their new mascot, Polly Parrot – in reality one of their members, Chris Smith, dressed in a colourful costume. Thankfully he didn’t complain too much about the heat in all that sunshine!
The theme of the day was pirates and lots of the volunteers dressed up accordingly. The group is keen to revive the memory of Captain Robert Renenger, Southampton’s very own historical pirate and handed out information about him.
They were joined by a special guest, award winning sports volunteer John Sennett, who enthusiastically set to work helping clear up the beach. Other friends who lent a hand were Claude Terry and Colin & Linda Oliphant from Sholing Valleys Study Centre.
By the end of the litter pick, lots of rubbish had been cleared up and Southampton City Council kindly removed it all from the site. It had been a great success and the Friends of Weston Shore would like to thank everyone who helped them promote the event and take part. The group is learning more about the wildlife to be found on the shore and hope more people would like to get involved!
For more information about the Friends of Weston Shore please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.