Surfers Against Sewage give Exmouth beach a spring clean

PUBLISHED: 12:29 03 April 2014 | UPDATED: 12:30 03 April 2014

Ross Curwen organised a beach clean up in Exmouth on Sunday. Over 100 beaches nationwide were given a clean over the weekend by the Surfers Against Sewage groups. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 8406-14-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Ross Curwen organised a beach clean up in Exmouth on Sunday. Over 100 beaches nationwide were given a clean over the weekend by the Surfers Against Sewage groups. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 8406-14-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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A DISCARDED metal bin, a Bristol City Football Club cigarette lighter and a 1980s Tesco plastic yoghurt pot were just some of the many items picked up during a huge spring clean of Exmouth beach last weekend.

Regional representative for Surfers Against Sewage David Smith is pictured with Sarah Bailey who is also a member of the group helping out with the beach clean in Exmouth on Sunday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 8410-14-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders Regional representative for Surfers Against Sewage David Smith is pictured with Sarah Bailey who is also a member of the group helping out with the beach clean in Exmouth on Sunday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 8410-14-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Organised by environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), the clean-up was part of a national campaign tackling 150 beaches around the UK.

At Exmouth, 35 volunteers filled 34 bags of rubbish during a three-hour stint between 11am and 2pm on Sunday, March 30.

“There were some huge items, including a discarded metal bin, stuck in Maer Rocks,” said SAS local organiser Ross Curwen.

“There were also a couple of bank anchors – the large metal stakes that boats use if there are no moorings – and fibreglass boat bits.”

A Bristol City Football Club cigarette lighter gave an idea of how far some of the marine detritus may have travelled, while a 1980s Tesco yoghurt pot struck an historical note.

“It was a Tesco logo, when the company had the red lettering and the dot,” said Ross. “It just shows how long these things hang around for. They do not degrade.”

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