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VOLUNTEERS will flock to Southsea beach at the weekend – not to swim or sunbathe, but to clean up.

The Beach Watch Big Weekend will take place this Saturday as part of a nationwide effort to beautify Britain’s beaches.

Portsmouth City Council’s Councillor Luke Stubbs said the amount of litter collected would be logged and go towards building a snapshot of the state of Britain’s coastline.

He said: ‘It’s important to know how much litter there is and what the trends are.’

Cllr Stubbs has been involved with the annual clean-up for about 10 years, and it attracted up to 40 volunteers each time.

He said: ‘It’s a very positive event and it’s a great opportunity for people to get involved.’

Cllr Stubbs said ‘several thousand items’ were picked up last year.

The meeting point is by Rocksby’s Cafe at 10am, and the clean-up will run until midday.

For more information visit southseabeachwatch.com