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SEATON: Hundreds turn out for Seaton’s big clean

Thursday, 13 March 2014

MORE than 170 people turned out to take part in Seaton’s big clean organised by Seaton Town Council’s Town Development Team.
A record 60 plus bags of rubbish were collected, including numerous large pieces of wood washed up on the beach and some interesting and ugly pieces.
Areas tidied included the beach, West Walk, Fisherman’s Gap, the promenade area, Fore Street, Queen Street, Cross Street and Harbour Road.
The clean-up was well supported by local Seaton businesses including Pebbles Café, who hosted the start of the clean-up and gave free bacon/veggie baps to big clean volunteers; and Chris Reed of Frank Property, this year’s lead sponsor, attended with his team cleaning up the beach and streets alongside other sponsors Seaton Tramway, Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, Seaton and District Chamber of Commerce, and many local teams including Axe Valley Runners, Axe Valley Pedlars, The Lions, Seaton Baptist Church, Tesco, Axe Valley Wetlands team and hundreds of children and parents from Seaton Primary School.
Organiser Karin Frewin of the Seaton Town Development Team said:?“We’ve had amazing support from both the public and our local businesses. Thanks to everyone who came out. Everyone’s enthusiasm was amazing and helped create another fantastic community event.”
Children from Seaton Primary School cleaned up when it came to winning the prizes. All three major prizes were won by teams from the school.
The Golden Dustbin Award, worth £132 for the team that collected the most rubbish, was won by Bobby Rooke and Ethan Andersen, who between them collected more than 10 bags of rubbish from the beach; Most Interesting Piece of Rubbish prize, worth £65, was won by Stephen Johns; and the Ugliest Piece of Rubbish prize, worth £62, was won by “trashbusters team” the Tuckley family.
Prizes were donated by Bay Tree House B&B, Seaton Tramway, The Gateway, Seaton Visitor Centre Trust, local author Bruce Harris, Green Sauce (Tim Maddams) and Seaton & District Chamber of Commerce.
East Devon District Council Community Safety and the Street Scene team supported the event providing litter pickers, bags and cleared away rubbish afterwards.
The big clean is just one part of a series of activities planned for Seaton this year as part of the Town Development Team’s mission to invigorate Seaton.

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