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Big clean-up at Cruden Bay beach

The whole community rallied round to tidy their local beach.

The whole community rallied round to tidy their local beach.

Dozens of Cruden Bay residents recently joined forces with kite surfers in a major beach clean-up.

The Big Spring Beach Clean, hosted by environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), saw 120 community groups sign up to tidy beaches across the country.

Kite surfer Richard Noble uses the award-winning Cruden Bay beach on a daily basis and spearheaded the local initiative.

One aim was to encourage communities to take ownership of their local landscape and see the impact of shoreline pollution.

Community leader Jill McWilliam said: “The whole event was more than a beach clean, it was a great day out and a wonderful example of a village pulling together to get things done.

“The sands and sea are for everyone and every age and this event gave locals a chance to see just how important it is to have a regular clean up.

“Last winter’s storms and their associated tidal surges left many beaches - including Cruden Bay - inundated with litter and debris.

“It was timely that this concentrated effort took place, ready for local people and visitors and tourists to enjoy its beauty over the summer months.”

Drums, nets, cans, plastic and glass bottles, clothing and two televisions were among the debris cleared. Volunteers also found boards with nails and needles.

Peterhead Air Cadets and other local organisations took part including Cruden Bay Golf Club, the Kilmarnock Arms Hotel and SITA, which runs the Stoneyhill landfill site.

The beach, popular with water sports enthusiasts, is accessible by the historic Ladies Bridge, however recent closures have led to a significant downturn in visitors. Work to replace the structure could begin early next year.

 

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