All Smillie for ace Anne

Ayrshire Post - - Troon - PIPPA SMITH

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

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