A record turnout of over 60 volunteers turned out to take part in a beach clean in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday (February 17th).

Over 100 sacks of litter were collected during the two-hour clean-up of the banks of the River Brue where rubbish collects before ending up on local beaches.

Mark Hollidge from the Friends of Burnham Beach said: “The clean up exceeded all expectations, with over 30 new volunteers adding to our experienced group.”

“We tackled an area that had been left messy for a long time – a stretch of the Brue estuary towards Highbridge from Apex Park where so much rubbish was collected.”

“A lot of it was ‘big stuff’ that wouldn’t go in a bag such as a supermarket trolley, an old motorcycle, a kettle and parts of a car!”

Tanya Cox, Burnham’s Coastal Community Officer at the Litter Free Coasts & Seas Somerset project, added: “What a fantastic day – 60 volunteers, 90 man hours and over 100 bags of litter collected from along the river banks.”

“Big thanks go to all involved – the area was positive sparkling by the time we had finished!”

The next clean up will be held in Burnham-On-Sea on Saturday March 3rd at 10am, meeting at Burnham-On-Sea Sailing Club.

There will also be a Friends of Burnham Beach meeting at Sailing Club clubhouse this Thursday at 7pm to discuss the direction of the group in the future when all are welcome to attend.