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IoM beach cleaning charity breaks records with island-wide effort

Founder of Beach Buddies Isle of Man Bill Dale Photo: ITV Granada

Hundreds of volunteers took part in an island-wide effort to clean beaches on the Isle of Man over one weekend.

On Sunday 356 people took part in the Year of Our Island Big Beach Clean, in partnership with local charity Beach Buddies.

Political support was provided by the Chief Minister and other members of Tynwald and the Legislative Council, who rolled their sleeves up and took part in the event which saw a total of 11 beaches tackled, including the Calf of Man.

The previous record of 229 was beaten with 156 new volunteers taking part.

Rubbish collected by volunteers on Niarbyl beach Credit: ITV Granada

The event coincides with the 2018 Year of Our Island celebrations, which encourages people to ‘explore more and do more’.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle, who took part at Port Soderick, said, “I’ve really enjoyed getting involved and it’s been great to see so many people helping to look after our special Island in this way.

“It is important for us to not only get out and explore more and to get value from our surroundings, but to also care for them.”

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The statistics speak for themselves, but the real story is how everyone who took part is helping our very special environment and unique wildlife.

– Beach Buddies founder Bill Dale