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If you are over 50 and want to rid Great Yarmouth’s beach of rubbish then sign up here

PUBLISHED: 12:34 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:54 19 May 2017

TV biologist Ben Garrod taking part in Great Yarmouth charity beach clean. Pictured with a syringe he found.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

TV biologist Ben Garrod taking part in Great Yarmouth charity beach clean. Pictured with a syringe he found. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

People over a certain age are being urged to help rid Great Yarmouth’s main beach of rubbish.

The Marine Conservation Society has organised a beach clean on Sunday, June 4 and is looking for people aged over 50 to take part.

Promotional material for the litter pick event along central beach says: “Are you a child of the sixties and earlier? This was a busy era with so much going on – Coronation Street hit our screens for the first time, Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, the first ring pull can was invented, Wimbledon was shown in colour on BBC2 and the first heart transplant took place. So many firsts!

“Now we want to offer you the opportunity to do a first for yourself.

“Are you over 50 and reached your half century without ever doing a beach clean? If so, we can help.”

The event has also received the backing of Great Yarmouth’s Ben Garrod, an expert in primatology, evolutionary studies and skeletal morphology who is forging a television career.

Mr Garrod said: “The beaches around Great Yarmouth are not only lovely for the local residents but are of international importance for species of fish, birds and marine mammals.

“It’s up to us to make sure our local environment is as pristine as we can make it, so please, give an hour and come help keep our beach beautiful.”

Justine Millard, MCS head of volunteering and community engagement, said: “We’d love people to join our army of 50 somethings off to do their very first beach clean with MCS.

“Over 50s are often of the generation that went to the beach as children and have then spent intervening years holidaying out of the UK.

“Their memory of the seaside may be totally different from today’s reality. Today there’s more plastic litter, more polystyrene, more cigarette butts, more bits of balloons.

“We’d like them to help us get our beaches back to the way they remember them - so our grandchildren, and those of our friends, can build safe sandcastles in a healthy environment.”

The litter clean starts at 11.30am and to take part people have to register as a volunteer first.

To sign up visit www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/beach/great-yarmouth-central/event/2017-06-04

9 comments

  • What I'd like to see is money spent on hosing down the town centre so when I walk down some of the Rows I am not at risk of psittacosis from years of accumulation of pigeon muck or getting filth from overflowing drains on my shoes. Got a council worker for that have we or are they all sweeping up on the sea front? Sure as a sure thing they are not sweeping where I pay council tax, nor fixing the pavements-they have however been making an almighty mess of resurfacing the roads -leaving potholes unfixed and the new surface stripping off already. But that's NCC not GYBC.

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    FlintinChalk

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • We are also the generation who were subject to public information films including those about not littering. We are also the ones who have been paying stonking council tax for not much out of it. How about our councillors chums on the sea front stumping up for cleaning up what their customers deposit and the council cleaning up what ships and other European nations refuse disposal systems have illegally dumped in the sea. I am with Ben Garrod on sea cleanliness and would ban plastics from all sanitary products, micro beads in soap and cosmetics and also daft balloon releases.But sorry, this person will be remembering The Summer of Love sitting on the beach, not cleaning some one else's filth.

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    FlintinChalk

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Sorry Gary the wombles fully employed at the town hall thinking up hairbrained ideas as how to screw this town up further !!

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    Muddy

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Will these volunteers be covered by insurance? Has there been risk assessments carried out? Who will be responsible for these people? Are they being issued with protective clothesgloves? I bring this important issue to the attention of the general public, as the beach is full of dog poo what carries diseases, used dirty druggy hypodermic needles, with the potential of catching AIDS,hepatitus,rusty cans where if you cut yourself you can get infections.etc etc.. A health and safety assessment must be carried out, these people who do this must be adequately supervised at all times, and if you are on any type of benefit, the unemployment office must be legally informed as to the person who is working,as its classed as work[voluntary or paid].I don't think any of this has been considered... Why not get The Wombles in to do the clean up,,, remember your a womble...

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    Gary-david George

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Soon they will be expecting the general public to be emptying the rubbish bins, and sweeping the roads.Whoever thought this idea up, should get down the beach,and do it themselves,instaed of sitting on their fat ar**es in their offices, dreaming up these hair brained schemes.There are a lack of road sweepers, lack of people employed to litter picklock of beach wardens.This council needs to employ people to do this type of work, not relying on the public to do it, as it will not get done.Rubbish is everywhere in this town, its a disgrace.Yes, people who should be carrying out community serviceon the dole should also be doing it.Make them work for their benefit money,instead of buying cheap drink ,bags of chips, drugs with their benefit money..Work at least 16 hrs a week for their money, get them to clean the rubbish up.

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    yarco boy

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • So why can't under 50's do it? I'd gladly help....try and get some pride in the town irrespective of what others thinkdo....

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    Matt Palmer

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

  • Whatever next ,? ,Sweeping the streets that used to be kept clean when we were young .get those on community service to do it ,will let them give something back to the general public .

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    Muddy

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • It's not the over 55's who should be picking the rubbish up, so what if they never had to put up with as much litter like we have today, it's a pity we don't know and can't make the irresponsible holiday makers and parents with likeminded kids that should be picking it up, along with the dog lovers who don't pick up the dog poo.I was brought up to put my litter in the nearest bin or put it in the suitable bag we always carried and take it home with us if we had to, unlike a lot of adults and children today who just chuck it on the ground even if there's a bin near them, I've seen that too often. Bring back the beach Wardens with the ability to give on the spot fines.

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    Spooky

    Friday, May 19, 2017

  • Why not make it compulsory for all the jobseekers to join in or they won't get their benefits makes more sense

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    Kds 1977

    Friday, May 19, 2017

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