All Smillie for ace Anne
An avid womble has picked up so much trash she has filled 365 bin bags full.
And Anne Smillie certainly deserves a rest over the festive season.
In January the Barassie pensioner set herself a target of filling one bag for every day of the year.
At the weekend, she did it, with a couple of weeks to spare.
As a member of Friends of Troon Beaches, Troon Litter Crew and Irvine Clean Up Crew, she carries out regular pick ups.
Retired Anne told the Post: “At the beginning of 2018, FoTB were trying to come up with a catchy slogan to encourage folk to take part in the weekly beach cleans, but realising that not everyone was as committed as we were.
“The slogan “take three for the sea” began circulating and people began to make pledges like ‘ I promise to lift three pieces of litter each time I walk on the beach’.
“I decided to jump in with the promise to pick 365 bags of litter in 2018.”
Anne’s inspiration came from the ‘ motivating influence’ of the “Beach Angels” who are a small core group which gradually formed and continues to pursue their goals of a clean beach.
“In collecting these bags of litter, a huge thank you must go to Joy and Jan and the other Beach Angels to keep going when the task seems impossible,” she added.
“As a keen cyclist, I see litter and fly tipping at various beauty spots and roadside verges, and when it is safe, I endeavour to return to try to clear them up, so my litter picking activities are not confined solely to South Ayrshire. In order to keep track of the bags I’ve collected, my South Ayrshire Council contact has logged, on my behalf, my monthly totals of bags collected with Keep Scotland Beautiful.
“There is a real sense of civic pride in looking after the countryside and giving something back to the community.”
Dozens and dozens of people in Troon have been making regular and irregular litter- picking missions.
Various areas have been targeted including round Marr College and Muirhead.
Some people have become “addicted” to it in a good way and find it hard to walk past any litter.
And as one Troon womble said: “As well as keeping the town looking great, there’s a social side to it too.”
Beach comber Anne celebrates her 365th bag of waste