Litter pickers join Round the Harbour Clean Up.

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PEOPLE armed themselves with litter pickers and tackled the piles of rubbish clogging up our harbours.

Sixteen groups joined forces in the biggest ever Round the Harbour Clean Up.

Volunteers pick up rubbish and litter as they take part in Round The Harbour Clean Up at 'Stokes Bay car park, Gosport.   ' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (150910-010)

Volunteers pick up rubbish and litter as they take part in Round The Harbour Clean Up at 'Stokes Bay car park, Gosport. ' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (150910-010)

The huge marine litter pick was started five years ago by Graham Smith who wanted to give our shoreline the attention it deserves.

He said: ‘The day went well, we all collected loads of rubbish.

‘From the amount of groups we had signed up it shows that the area has real community spirit.’

Throughout the day teams descended on areas of the harbour, including the Gosport ferry terminal.

Dozens of people with hundreds of bin liners picked up the rubbish from behind the harbour wall and in the green spaces around the terminal.

Graham said: ‘The ladies from Asda had loads of bags full of rubbish from behind the wall and on the stones.’

Asda in Gosport sent volunteers from the store to help with the mission – including Rachel Webber.

She said: ‘It is nice to see people giving back to the community and giving their time up to clean the area that they live in.’

Employees from Co-operative Funeral Care also fielded a team to take on the problem.

Kyela Trivett, 42, from Gosport said: ‘The rubbish is just everywhere, I think the litter picks are a good way to raise awareness of the issue.’

A big clean-up also took place in Stokes Bay, Gosport that was organised by husband and wife team Brian and Hazel Casey from the Friends of Stokes Bay group.

Hazel said: ‘We had an amazing day doing our bit for the clean-up.

‘We had about 60 litter pickers, some of those were sea cadets.’

Round the harbour teams found numerous wine and beer bottles, cotton buds, bottle tops and even a discarded police cone.

For the first time Portsmouth got involved in the battle against the rubbish with a litter pick at The Hard, Portsea.

‘I hope that next year we are to get more groups in Portsmouth involved,’ said Graham.

Graham’s hope is now to now get more young people involved in the clean-up by mixing the event with music.