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Volunteers help clean Croyde beach after storm damage

By NDJPeter  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

  • More than 40 volunteers help to clean the beach following the weekend's storm. Copyright Rob Tibbles.

  • Myles Tilley, 3, discovered a sign from Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe, washed up on the shore. Copyright Rob Tibbles.

  • Dozens of bags of waste were collected during the operation. Copyright Rob Tibbles.

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DOZENS of people have braved heavy rain and strong winds in a bid to help clean Croyde beach.

Nearly 50 volunteers descended upon the beach on Sunday morning 5 Dec to take part in the event, organised by Croyde Surf Club.

The group arranged the beach clean following the weekend’s stormy weather, which saw strong tides drag waste on the region’s shores.

Rob Whitney, chairman of the Croyde Surf Club, said he had been taken aback by the turnout after agreeing to hold the event less than a day before hand.

He said: “I was actually really overwhelmed about how many people turned up especially considering the weather. It was all sort of a very last minute thing and just shows the power of social media.

“It was really good to see people mucking in and helping out. There were all sorts, from three-years-old and up, and nearly everyone managed to fill a black bin bag, some even more.

“Keeping the beach clean is helpful not only for the marine life but also for the other users of the beach.”

Those involved in the operation included Croyde based Olympian James Cracknell, who joined the team on the beach with his family.

With further storms to follow, Croyde Surf Club are hoping to team up with the village’s surf lifesaving club and Surfers Against Sewage to host a second clean-up this weekend.

The event is currently planned for Sunday, January 12, at 10.30am. For updates on the event, follow Croyde Surf Club on Facebook or Twitter.

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