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Volunteers flock to Brighton's Big Beach Clean-up
Today is the day hundreds of volunteers take to the beach to tackle the litterbugs who have plagued our city this summer.
At 8.30am, representatives from businesses, charities, the public sector andcommunity-spirited residents will brandish a bin bag and don protective gloves to ensure our famous seafront is clean, pristine and free of rubbish.
Hundreds of people and 50 businesses will meet on the seafront to take part in the Big Beach Cleanup – a mass litterpicking exercise organised by The Argus and Brighton and Hove City Council as part of this newspaper’s Take It Home Campaign.
After weeks of sweltering temperatures and a surge in visitor numbers, scenes of packed beaches and a bustling seafront have become the norm.
But so have photos of the mountains of rubbish left strewn across the shingle after busy weekends.
Our campaign aims to encourage visitors to Brighton and Hove to enjoy the sun, take in the unrivalled city vibe and explore the best we have to offer – without littering the beach.
Last minute additions to the clean-up team include Glyn Edwards, the man behind the Punch and Judy showopposite the Fishing Museum.
He’s been running his show for no less than 54 years and explained why a clean beach is so important to him.
He said: “I saw my first ever show under the West Pier in the late 1940s.
“We wanted to be involved in the beach clean-up because we see the mess first hand – and the people who drop it.
“The audience for a Punch and Judy Show likes to sit on the beach. It’s a tradition.
“But it’s a bit grim when they are surrounded by trash.
“Punch and Judy are so deeply associated with the seaside – and Brighton played such a big part in this – that it just seemed natural for us to get involved in trying to keep the beach a pleasant place to be on.”
The Rockinghorse children’s charity have also been preparing for today’s big event.
Cheryl Piper, of charity, said: “As the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, we want to help ensure our local beach is kept clean and safe for children and families enjoying the seaside over the summer holidays.”
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