Broch beach clean up a success

A clean up of Fraserburgh’s beach has been hailed a success by local organiser Charlie Reid.

Keep Scotland Beautiful, one of Scotland’s leading environmental charities, co-ordinated events throughout the country in a bid to tackle the nation’s litter from April 1 to May 31.

The biggest annual litter clean up by volunteers, known as the National Spring Clean, was supported by Zero Waste Scotland.

National Spring Clean enabled businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to unite together in a common cause and make a concerted effort to clean up the whole of Scotland as part of a coordinated campaign.

Speaking earlier this year, Derek Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful Chief Executive, said of the annual campaign: “Without the commitment of the volunteers who take part in National Spring Clean every year, Scotland would definitely be a dirtier place.

“Together, in a united effort, we can make a difference.”

Mr Reid, who organised the Broch event, thanked the 20-plus people who turned out.

He also thanked BrewDog for supplying white sacks, Avril Reid of Motorparts Fraserburgh for donating drinks, Lyn Taylor for getting volunteers from Aberdeenshire Council, and Cameron Steele who supplied his pick-up and trailer for transporting the waste to the skip.

“We only managed to get about half way from the Broch to Philorth and had to turn back as the tide was coming in fast. Still we managed to collect and take to the skip site 50 large sacks of rubbish.

“We will be organising other beach clean ups throughout the year but will try to organise some quad bikes with trailers to remove larger items like fishing nets which were just too big for us to remove by hand.

“This was a success and all those who were involved should hold their heads up high as they have all done their town proud.”