SLIDESHOW: Montrose and Lunan Bay beach cleans

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Montrose Beach and Lunan Bay were left spick and span after a charity carried out organised clean ups on the two beaches.

Thanks to support from The Crown Estate and Greggs, SAS (Surfers Against Sewage) recruited a team of lead volunteers to help run 250 autumn beach cleans throughout the UK.

One of the events took place on Montrose Beach on October 24 and another at Lunan Bay on October 29.

Amy Barclay, regional Rep for SAS, said: “What an awesome day at Lunan Bay.

“More than 50 people turned up to help.

“We filled 22 bin liners and had a fair amount of stuff that was too big to bag, including glass light bulb tubes, oil drums, fishing crates, and even tyres.

“We also found lots of firework remains - something that really should be highlighted ahead of Bonfire Night.

“The council re-sited a dual purpose bin for us (and labelled it accordingly) for the beach entrance/exit that is troubled with fouling but until now hasn’t had a dog waste bin.

“British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) came out with their lifesize dolphin that they use for training and spoke to people about the effects of marine litter they see during marine mammal rescues.

“Many of the beach cleaners even finished off the day with a little beach yoga with Irene from Empire Fitness.”

She added: “At the Montrose clean there were only five people that came to join in but, despite low numbers, there was plenty of enthusiasm and we cleared sx full bin liners of rubbish off the beach.

“Most of this was made up of plastic bottles, takeaway food litter and cotton buds that are flushed down the toilet.”

For helping at the Lunan Bay clean up Amy said SAS would like to thank Lunan Bay Diner and Farm Stays; BDMLR; Empire Fitness; Calum Robertson, a local author who wrote some sea-themed and environmental children’s stories for the day; Mermaid Caitlin, who read stories to the young beach cleaners in a story tent at the event; and Angus Council for lending SAS additional beach cleaning equipment and addressing the dog fouling issue on one of the walkways onto the beach.

SAS has set up a campaign to call for Deposit Return Systems to be introduced in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A Deposit Return System is when a small deposit of between 10 to 20p is added to the purchase costs of drinks containers and consumers are provided with ample opportunities to easily reclaim their deposit when they dispose of the product at collection points.

Amy added people who attended the beach cleans in Angus supported and signed the petition for the Message In A Bottle campaign.

Find our more at: messageinabottle.org.uk/