A PAIR of country-pop singers will be joining environmental campaigners across the Solent later this month for what is shaping up to be the biggest beach clean the region has ever seen.
Twins Catherine and Lizzy, better known as Ward Thomas, grew up on a farm just outside Liss and have now pledged their support to the upcoming Great Solent Beach Clean – which will be taking place in Hayling Island, Eastney, Southsea and Stokes Bay on Saturday, September 15.
The event, organised by The News and Final Straw Solent, is being held in association with the Marine Conservation Society and its Great British Beach Clean initiative.
A cause close to their hearts, the environment is one of many inspirations behind their new album, Restless Minds, which tackles issues close to the 24-year-old twins.
Catherine said: ‘As soon as we started writing the album, it became obvious what the themes would be.
‘We were discussing current issues for us as twentysomethings, in a world that’s scary because it’s changing so quickly, but is also creating lots of exciting, new opportunities.’
The twins will be inviting their fans to the Southsea part of the Great Solent Beach Clean via email, which will be starting from Rocksby’s Restaurant on the seafront at 10am.
They will also be doing an acoustic performance afterwards for the beach cleaners.
Co-founder of Final Straw Solent, Bianca Carr, says she is delighted to have the twins on board for the event.
She said: ‘It’s amazing and a huge honour to have people like Catherine and Lizzy coming along.
‘People like them really help events like this to gather steam so we’re thrilled to have them joining us.
‘It’s so kind of them to be doing an acoustic performance for everyone too – I really can’t wait for that.’
People have been registering their interest in droves after Final Straw Solent created Facebook events for people to sign up with.
Bianca said: ‘So many people are getting involved and it means a lot to know that there are this many people in the area who want to make a difference and help us beat plastic waste for good.
‘There’s still lots of time to sign up and everyone is welcome on the day, so let’s make this happen.’
For more info search ‘Final Straw Solent’ on Facebook.
ROLL OF HONOUR
THE names on The News’ roll of honour will go to those groups and special individuals that pledge to sign up and support the Great Solent Beach Clean on Saturday, September 15.
Four beach cleans will be taking place that morning at 10am – one by Inn On The Beach in Hayling Island; one at Eastney seafront; one by Rocksby’s Restaurant in Southsea and the fourth meeting by Pebbles Fish and Wine Bar in Stokes Bay, Gosport.
Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan said: ‘There’s a real movement building in our city on plastics and the environment. People in Portsmouth can see first-hand the damage that’s being done to our precious marine habitats.’
To find out how to get involved email email@example.com.
Final Straw Solent
Plastic Free Portsmouth
Surfers Against Sewage
Friends of Stokes Bay
Hayling Beach Clean
Southsea Beach Clean
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