Caring volunteers take to Sunderland seafront to keep it clean

Volunteers working on the clean-up at Seaburn.
Volunteers working on the clean-up at Seaburn.

Community volunteers were out in force yesterday to support a clear-up operation.

The helpers from Fulwell Community Library and Friends of Fulwell were at Seaburn to take part in a tidy-up operation.

Some of the bags full of rubbish collected at Seaburn.

Some of the bags full of rubbish collected at Seaburn.

They were aided and guided by an off duty council officer and helped by the local Police Community Team.

The aim was to clear all the beds opposite Queens Parade and they succeeded after two hours of strenuous work.

The group assessed the damage caused by the ‘Beast from the East’, cleared the beds to get them ready for the council team to replant areas laid bare by the bad weather.

A spokesperson for the groups said: “We were shocked to see plants such as Sea Thrift had perished and Wormwood, a salt tolerating species, had died right back and damage was most pronounced in the area opposite the Marriott Hotel.”

Minchellas and the Marriott Hotel provided drinks for the volunteers and the council cleared several bags of rubbish after the operation.

The spokesperson added: “This area has really suffered lately due to storms and we want to see it back to its best for the Tall Ships Races.”

A litter pick takes place today, meeting at the Fat Buddha at 9.30am.”