Dozens of expats lead the way in Playa Flamenca beach clean-up

BRITISH and Irish expats, along with Big Radio Spain, lead the way this morning after Orihuela Costa council called out for volunteers to help clean up a local beach.

MUCKING IN: British and Irish expats lend a hand

After tonnes of rubbish had been deposited on Playa Flamenca beaches because of recent storms and general inconsideration, a thorough clean-up seemed an almost impossible task.

But, true to form, expats turned up by the dozens and donned protective gloves to lend a hand.

We spoke with John Aird (left), a 70 year-old expat from Glasgow who came with his wife to help out.

Said John, “We came last year too, it’s the very least we can do.”

Later, we photographed a whole group of Brits and Irish locals that added to the atmosphere of the event.

The event was overseen by Jose Galiano, councillor of Transport, Health and statistics (right in the picture), and Damaso Aparicio, of Street Cleaning and Refuse Collection – who are pictured here with the local Queen of the Festivities in Playa Flamenca.

Snr. Aparicio told Big Radio Spain, “After the recent storm Gloria, which hit our beaches hard, the sea has returned a lot of plastic along with posidonia roots (sea grass) and accumulation of reed canes.”

Later in the day, when the council released a press statement, Snr. Aparicio said, “It is worth noting the significant number of people who have attended the activity, which demonstrates our neighbours’ commitment to care of the environment,” and went on to thank “the great work that the volunteers have done this morning on the Oriolan coast.”

Next Tuesday, February 18, another clean-up is planned at Playa de La Glea at Campoamar.

Again, Orihuela Costa council is asking for volunteers to come along and contribute to the municipality’s big costa clean-up.

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