Trib­ute beach clean-up hauls in nets and threat to birds and sea life

Evening Express (City Final) - - UK & Abroad -

A GROUP of vol­un­teers has cleared rub­bish from a North-east beach. Around 70 con­verged on Lu­nan Bay in An­gus and spent four hours fill­ing 20 bags of garbage.

Fish­ing nets and other items, po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous to birds and sea life, were re­cov­ered.

The ef­fort took place as a trib­ute to Fet­ter­cairn man Do­minic Jack­son, an en­vi­ron­ment en­thu­si­ast who lost his life in a kayak­ing ac­ci­dent in Fe­bru­ary last year. One of the or­gan­is­ers was John Phethean, who ran the Oak­leaf Gar­den­ing Ser­vices busi­ness with Mr Jack­son.

His wife, Emma Phethean, was de­lighted so many peo­ple gave up spare time to clean the beach.

She said: “We led a clean-up of Kingston Bay in Mo­ray last year and I think there were only 15 of us there.

“For this lat­est ef­fort we had an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic turnout, with about 70 vol­un­teers.

“Do­minic was pas­sion­ate about the en­vi­ron­ment. It was his birth­day this week and we’ll be do­ing this ev­ery year.”

Tidy: Jeremy Jack­son with Emma Phethean.

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