50-year-old crisp packet found on beach

Midweek Visiter - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY [email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @kate­lal­lyx

A50-YEAR-OLD crisp packet and a sim­i­larly old packet of Mal­te­sers have turned up on a beach in Sefton, per­fectly il­lus­trat­ing the prob­lem of plas­tic pol­lu­tion around UK coast­lines.

United Util­i­ties vol­un­teer Tracey Crosth­waite dis­cov­ered the well­p­re­served Golden Won­der salt and vine­gar crisps packet, which dates back to the 1960s, while on a beach clean-up in Fresh­field.

The wrap­per, which has sur­vived half a cen­tury of sea, sand and the el­e­ments, was priced at 6d – the equiv­a­lent to 2½p.

Along with this, she found an old Mal­te­sers packet, thought to be of a sim­i­lar age, priced at 5½p.

A post on Na­tional Trust Formby’s Face­book page said: “Tracey, one of the United Util­i­ties vol­un­teer beach clean­ers found these pack­ets in the dunes yes­ter­day, and as the Beach Lit­ter An­gels say, it re­ally is a time cap­sule out there!

“But, it also il­lus­trates just how long plas­tic waste hangs around. Sadly,

we couldn’t date the crisps (pre dec­i­mal­i­sa­tion 1971(?)) but if any­one knows more, let us know.”

The beach is of­ten left cov­ered in lit­ter af­ter Bank Hol­i­day week­ends and sunny days.

An­drew Brock­bank, Na­tional Trust Coun­try­side Man­ager at Formby said:

“Formby is a sig­nif­i­cant stretch of much-loved coast­line with rare wildlife and sweep­ing sand dunes. How­ever, the peo­ple who care for Formby face a con­stant bat­tle to keep the area safe and clean.

“So many peo­ple visit Formby, es­pe­cially dur­ing the warmer weather, to en­joy one of the finest beaches in the coun­try.

“Un­for­tu­nately, some peo­ple leave their lit­ter be­hind on the beaches and dunes which not only im­pacts on the en­joy­ment for oth­ers, but is a risk to lo­cal wildlife too.

“For ev­ery pound we spend emp­ty­ing bins, that’s £1 less that we’re able to use on con­ser­va­tion work to pro­tect Formby or to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties for vis­i­tors.”

The crisp packet and Mal­te­sers wrap­per, both be­lieved to be around 50 years old

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