Girvan rotary take part in annual beach clean-up

Mr Peter Noble on the beach on his birthday taking a short break from cleaning up.
Mr Peter Noble on the beach on his birthday taking a short break from cleaning up.

The annual Girvan beach clean organised by the Rotary Club took place on Saturday 28 March in very windy conditions.

The conditions meant that keeping the litter bags under control was the biggest challenge, but nevertheless the clean up operation was successful.

It was a doubly special day for Rotarian Peter Noble as he was celebrating his birthday.

When Peter was asked his age, he quipped: “I am not sure of my age but it might have something to do with two fat ladies.”

Rotarians have congratulated Peter, saying they were confident he was the oldest litter picker in Ayrshire that day.

They also thanked three well known Girvan folk, the Reverend Jim Guthrie and Mr and Mrs Eric McKinnon who were all willing to get started with the others.

Helpers had a very fulfilling day removing the litter from Girvan’s main beach which came in all shapes and sizes, from plastic bottles to discarded rope and many disposable lighters.

The section of the beach around Ainslie car park was such a heavy clean up job that it meant time available for the rest of the beach was restricted due to the amount spent there.

The Ainslie Car Park is a litter problem area but Rotarians say it is vital it is litter free and attractive for anyone coming in to visit Girvan.

The other Ayrshire Rotary clubs on that day were cleaning great sections of Ayrshire beaches , often with the help of local Scouts and Guides.

As well as Girvan they covered beaches at Newton, Bentfield, Heads of Ayr, Fisherton, Dunure, Croy, Turnberry, Dunnymuck, Chapledonan, Doonfoot, Craig Tara, Prestwick, Troon and Barassie.

This year they had 190 people out picking up litter and collected 528 bags of rubbish .

Rotarians have extended their thanks to everyone who came along to help, although on this occasion there is still a bit of cleaning up to do to ensure the beach is ready for visitors. The club also thanked South Ayrshire Council for providing the tools for the job and picking up the collected bags after the event.