Volunteers brave rain to clean Westward Ho! beach

Parry Hill, 16, and Hannah Seymour, 17, lead the way with an army of volunteers to clean the beach. Parry Hill, 16, and Hannah Seymour, 17, lead the way with an army of volunteers to clean the beach.

Thursday, January 16, 2014
11:50 AM

Youngsters headed to Westward Ho! this morning (Thurs) to help clear litter left in the wake of the stormy weather.

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AN army of volunteers descended on Westward Ho! this morning (Thurs) in a bid to clean up the litter left in the wake of the stormy weather.

Petroc students Parry Hill, 16, and Hannah Seymour, 17, organised the clean up with help from the national charity Fixers.

And after the clean up was featured in yesterday’s North Devon Gazette, a number of volunteers braved the rain to help the youngsters.

David and Wendy Smith, from Barnstaple, were among those joining the litter pick.

Mr Smith said: “We saw the article in the Gazette and we thought what these young people were organising was brilliant and inspiring.

“We feel the councils should be helping to coordinate these volunteers because once they have picked up the litter, how do they dispose of it?

“These young people are setting a shining example to others.”

And Mrs Smith added: “We just came to support them because this has got to come from the younger generation now. It’s great to see.”

As the rain began to clear, the group made its way to the Surf School area of the beach where the litter was reported to be a particular problem.

Hannah said: “Even if we only manage to pick up a little bit, at least we’re doing something to make a different rather than just watching while others do things.

“We’re planning to go into schools and show them a video and talk about the issue of littering on the beach.

“I’ve been shown loads about beach safety but never anything about this problem and what it’s doing to the ocean and environment.”

Parry added: “We’re really pleased at the turn out considering how bad the weather is.

“I think this proves it is close to people’s hearts and it’s good to see people getting involved.”

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