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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Carlisle store staff's new beach collection suits Cumbria

A bunch of dedicated shop workers and customers have gone the extra mile – by litter picking at a local beach.

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Stephen Smith

A team of 40 from Carlisle’s Marks & Spencer store spent the day tidying up Allonby beach as part of a countrywide bid to clear more than 30 tonnes of litter from 100 beaches and canals – the equivalent of two double-decker buses.

Among the 65 bags of rubbish litter pickers collected in Allonby, they found everything from wrappers, tin cans and pieces of rope to a car seatbelt, mobile phones and even a catheter bag.

The Big Beach Clean-up, hosted by M&S and the Marine Conservation Society [MCS], invited people living in the area to help tidy up their beaches from rubbish which has built up during recent storms.

Melonie Brown, store manager at M&S Carlisle said: “We were 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 help.

“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.”

This week 95 beaches and 45 canals across the country are being targeted by thousands of volunteers.

Staff and customers from Workington’s M&S store also took to the beach at Harrington yesterday to clean it up.

Samantha Fanshawe, MCS chief executive, said: “This week of action is a great opportunity to clean up some of our best loved beaches and remove litter that has built up following recent storms. Rubbish washed up or left on beaches not only harms wildlife but spoils our enjoyment of the coast too, so the more people that take part the more litter we can remove.”

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