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All Spic And Span After Killyleagh Beach Clean
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A GROUP of 35 volunteers organised by the Killyleagh Social Partnership helped clean up Killyleagh beach prior to the Viking festival.

The village pride intiative was successful in half filling a skip with a wide variety of rubbish. But it was not just a question of putting it all in a black plastic bag.

Young Naomi Boyd had the job of recording all the information about what type of rubbish was deposited along the beach. Mostly there was a lot of glass, and there well a wide range of non-biodegradable plastics items.

Plastic bags were the main culprits, but there were also lots of  bottle tops. Metal objects too were found lying around teh beach along with broken bathroom tiles, food containers, fast food wrappers, lollipop sticks and wrappers and lots of bits of rope and a few cloths.

Volunteers at the end of the Killyeagh beach clean with some of the bags of rubbish collected."The information can help identify the sources of where the rubbish came from."

The event was supported by Tidy NI organiser Nicila Murray who said, “I am delighted at the response from all of the volunteers today. They have done an excellent job in cleaning up quite a long stretch of the beach on both sides of the harbour. This type of community initiative can help keep our environment in better shape.”

Tony Davies of the Killyleagh Social Partnership said, “There was a good turn up today of volunteers. The weather has been kind and they have worked well covering a good area.

“A considerable amount of rubbish has been collected and it helps to make a difference to the appearance of our community just prior to the Magnus Viking Festival when we expect a large amount of visitors to arrive in Killyleagh.” The event was also supported by the NIHE Shared Neighbourhood Programme.

After the clean up the volunteers arrived back in Hans Sloane Square and enjoyed a cup of tea and a chat about another great clean up in their community.

At the Killyleagh beach clean were John Boyd, Zenina Traboulsi, Nicola Murray, Tidy NI Organiser, Raj Thompson, NIHE Shared Neighbourhood Programme, with Laurie and Naomi Boyd.