Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Volunteers brave rain to clean Westward Ho! beach

PUBLISHED: 11:50 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:50 16 January 2014

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.

Archant

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

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.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

There will be overnight closures on the A39 in Barnstaple between Roundswell and Lake roundabouts this week.

Read more

The new 12-sided £1 coin will enter circulation today (Tuesday) - but what does this mean for North Devon’s parking machines?

Read more
07:00

Campaigners against health cuts aim to draw ‘red lines’ around hospitals in North, East and South Devon

Read more

A North Devon songwriter is asking people to send in their photos showing what makes them stronger, for her brand new music video.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:30

Lundy Island’s church was in desperate need of repair, but £1m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable works to go ahead.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:22

Almost 200 turned out at Grosvenor Church on Monday to pay tribute to a ‘brilliant guy’

Read more
Yesterday, 12:54

UPDATE: The A361 Link Road has now reopened after a collision between a lorry and a car at Rackenford.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:30

North Devon Hospice has produced a special, limited edition Monopoly board where you can purchase landmarks all around North Devon.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:19

Fires are thought to have been started deliberately – police informed

Read more
Yesterday, 09:08

A Barnstaple woman has appeared in court on two charges relating to possession of a firearm in Barnstaple last week.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications