Cleaning up at the Broch beach

Getting started: volunteers picking up the litter on the rocks at the entrance to the beach as the council tractor makes its way onto the sand. picture: Alison Kennedy
Getting started: volunteers picking up the litter on the rocks at the entrance to the beach as the council tractor makes its way onto the sand. picture: Alison Kennedy

A good crowd turned out on Saturday morning, braving the damp miserable weather conditions to take part in the annual end of season beach clean.

The beach clean which was organised by SNP councillor Brian Topping in association with Aberdeenshire Council and the community wardens attracted 25 individuals including families and members of Fraserburgh 1st scouts, who all donned their water-proof gear as they took to the rocks, sand and dunes clearing away glass bottles, litter and even barbeques which had been discarded.

Being prepared: Joseph Stephen from Fraserburgh 1st Scouts. picture: Alison Kennedy

Being prepared: Joseph Stephen from Fraserburgh 1st Scouts. picture: Alison Kennedy

Commenting Cllr Topping said: “I am delighted at the significant turn out of parents, children, individuals and organisations who have given up their time to come and help clean the beach.

“I have great pride in the town and become really angry about the amount of litter that has been left on the beach by a minority of irresponsible people. This not only spoils the environment but also makes it dangerous for children and pets.

“The turn out today, considering the weather is fantastic, it is great to see everyone taking pride in the beach, clearing away the litter and giving up their time to do so. They are doing a great job and I want to say a personal thank you to each and every one.”

All those who took part in the annual beach clean will be invited to attend a presentation ceremony in the coming weeks when they will be awarded a certificate for the endeavours.

It's in the bag: Kali Twycross clears away the litter. picture: Alison Kennedy

It's in the bag: Kali Twycross clears away the litter. picture: Alison Kennedy

Got it: Julia Eddie clears away carrier bags left at the beach. picture: Alison Kennedy

Got it: Julia Eddie clears away carrier bags left at the beach. picture: Alison Kennedy

Filling up: Rachel Farquhar collects more rubbish filling up the black bag. picture: Alison Kennedy

Filling up: Rachel Farquhar collects more rubbish filling up the black bag. picture: Alison Kennedy

Rock climbing: Aaliyah Twycross and Saffron Twycross clear the litter left on the rocks at the beach. picture: Alison Kennedy

Rock climbing: Aaliyah Twycross and Saffron Twycross clear the litter left on the rocks at the beach. picture: Alison Kennedy

Father and son: Gary and Brandon Matthew. picture: Alison Kennedy

Father and son: Gary and Brandon Matthew. picture: Alison Kennedy

Happy to help: Aiden Colley was happy to help clear up the beach. picture: Alison Kennedy

Happy to help: Aiden Colley was happy to help clear up the beach. picture: Alison Kennedy

Hard at work: Cllr Brian Topping cleared away five BBQ's in the first 40 minutes of the beach clean. picture: Alison Kennedy

Hard at work: Cllr Brian Topping cleared away five BBQ's in the first 40 minutes of the beach clean. picture: Alison Kennedy

Helping hands: Taking a break to pose for the camera. picture: Alison Kennedy

Helping hands: Taking a break to pose for the camera. picture: Alison Kennedy

Hard at work: Clearing the litter from the grass reeds. picture: Alison Kennedy

Hard at work: Clearing the litter from the grass reeds. picture: Alison Kennedy