Volunteers undo Storm Brian's damage to Stokes Bay

MORE than 50 people took to the shores of Stokes Bay to clear the beach after the high winds of Storm Brian brought rubbish onto the beaches.

Sunday, 29th October 2017, 6:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 4:12 am
From left, Richard Roberts. Cliff Culver and Simon White. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (171244-02)

Surfers Against Sewage is a national charity with 125 regional representatives around the country including Gosport’s representative, Cliff Culver, who organised the beach clean.

Cliff said: ‘It is vital that we do this as the amount of plastics in the sea is increasing and by 2050 there could be more bottles and such than fish.’

Saturday’s beach clean had a Halloween theme and the public were encouraged to dress up for the event.

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Cliff said: ‘We had a Halloween dress-up competition and Darth Vader won it but it is great people came to help.’

The 46-year-old hopes the government’s latest announcement to look into a plastic bottle deposit scheme could help save the nation’s seas.

Cliff said: ‘Small plastic items such as bottles can kill fish and wildlife if they eat it and we think the government should implement a scheme where if you take empty plastics back to the supermarket then you get credit to encourage people to recycle.

‘We need to save our seas and this is a good idea.’