New USA-style Surf-Rake drafted in to help keep Sunderland beaches clean

Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Barry Curran, trainer Richard Overton, area response manager  David Groark, and Sunderland City council workers  welcome the new Surf-Rake at Roker Beach.
Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Barry Curran, trainer Richard Overton, area response manager David Groark, and Sunderland City council workers welcome the new Surf-Rake at Roker Beach.
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Sunderland’s beaches are enjoying a daily makeover thanks to a tractor-drawn “Surf-Rake”.

The American-made device is being used on the sands each day to help clear litter and debris, and ensure the seafront looks its best for visitors.

Manufactured by US company H Barber and Sons, the Surf-Rake is used internationally and on many of the UK’s finest resort beaches.

Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Barry Curran, said: “We are all rightly proud of our beaches, and this new equipment will help us give nature a helping hand to make them even more beautiful.

“There has been, and continues to be, investment in our seafront regeneration.

“Buying this equipment helps us to provide everyone with an even better visitor experience when they come down to the beach at Roker and Seaburn.

The specialist equipment has been provided with £39,400 funding from Sunderland City Council’s North Area Committee.

Chairman of the North Area Committee, Councillor Denny Wilson, added: “Everyone on the committee is committed to supporting the further development of the seafront, and protecting our beaches, which are a fantastic community asset for us all to enjoy.

“Funding the Surf-Rake is demonstration of that commitment.

“We will continue to work with all our community partners to make the most of this beautiful part of our city.”

A host of free, family activities are happening on the beach this summer, including rock pooling, shelter building, arts, scavenger hunt, football and multi-sports and coastal walks.

Among those to benefit from its work already are local children signed up for this summer’s Beach Schools, led by NE Sports and funded by North Area Committee.