Town’s beach clean-up event a massive success

More than 200 school-aged children and their families attended the Dovercourt beach clean event on Saturday 15 September organised by Harwich Haven Authority and Harwich Town’s Mayor and Mayoress Charlie and Kate Powell.

The initiative, in support of Harwich Haven Authority’s Turn the Tide on Plastics campaign, was focused on getting children involved with the local environment. Children from ten local primary schools, Scouts, Cubs and Brownies came along to support the event.

Armed with bags and litter pickers enthusiastic helpers roamed the beach and promenade areas of Dovercourt in search of unwanted rubbish. In total the group successfully filled in excess of 30 full black bin bags.

“We were overwhelmed by the support we received from local Harwich and Dovercourt families who were keen to get involved,” say Fiona Brunning, communications manager, Harwich Haven Authority.

“The blue flag beach at Dovercourt Bay is a massive asset to the town and as guardians of the Harwich Haven we are determined that future generations will also be able to enjoy its beauty.

“The success of the beach clean certainly shows that the local community – especially the younger generation – really are concerned about the damage plastic can cause to our seas and oceans.

“It was a really fun morning and we would like to thank Asda, Morrisons, Tendring District Council, the Harwich Town Mayor and Mayoress for their invaluable support.”