Holland on Sea beaches were particularly active last Saturday, although this had nothing to do with the blue skies and unbroken sunshine. A group of Holland on Sea residents volunteered to carry out a clean-up of the seafront and make it look really attractive for Christmas, when so many people like to take a stroll.
Organised by the Holland on Sea Residents' Association, in partnership with the Clacton and Holland Beach Hut Association, and Tendring District Council, the event was heralded a real success with more than 30 bags of rubbish being collected. Such was the turn-out that groups were allocated a bay each and and the whole seafront, from First Avenue to Holland Haven, was tackled. Interesting finds included a number of milk crates, a flag of Cornwall, a pair of underpants, and the remains of a radio.
Richard Walker, who heads-up Seafront and Open Spaces on the Residents' Association Executive Committee said "On a bright but sharp winter's morning it was wonderful to get such a strong and enthusiastic response".
"Tendring District Council had kindly supplied litter-picker sticks, rubbish sacks, and some very handy frames to keep the bags open. The Chairman and Treasurer, amongst other members, of the Beach Hut Association had taken part, as had both Gunfleet Sailing Club and Clacton Sailing Club. Our County Councillor Colin Sargeant also joined us for the clean-up".
"The camaraderie within the group made it a real pleasure to carry-out the task and I can only thank the great team effort from a Great Team".
The District Council will be removing and disposing of the rubbish bags over the next couple of days.