South Shields Brexit Party candidate calls on people to 'think of the environment' in bid to clean up the coastline

Brexit Party campaigners are continuing their bid to clean up the coastline with a second beach clean in South Shields.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 6th December 2019, 4:48 pm

Volunteers wrapped up warm to take part in a beach clean event on Sunday, December 1, after arriving at the seafront in the Brexit Party battle bus.

The event was organised by the Brexit Party candidate for South Shields, Coun Glenn Thompson, as part of his efforts to maintain and make the most of what he has described as South Shields’ ‘natural gift’, it’s coastline.

It follows a successful beach clean held in October, which saw volunteers collect dozens of bags of rubbish, including large chunks of plastic, a wheel and a discarded pram from the town’s seafront.

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South Shields Brexit Party candidate, Glenn Thompson (left) and campaigners with the Brexit Party battle bus on South Shields seafront.

This time - as well as another wheel - they collected a considerable amount of rubbish from areas around the seafront car parks.

Now Coun Thompson, who represents the Westoe Ward, has called on the public to think about the environment before littering in the future.

“The Brexit Party campaign team held another Beach Clean-up on Sunday and sadly, there is still an awful lot of rubbish to clear. Last time we found a car wheel, and another on Sunday,” said Coun Thompson.

“We found an awful lot of the rubbish collected this time was from around the foreshore car parks. I would ask that people think about what they are doing to the environment before they leave rubbish behind.”

South Shields Brexit Party candidate, Glenn Thompson and campaigners took part in a beach clean on South Shields seafront.

He added: “Everyone who comes says they really enjoy doing the clean up even at this time of the year, it really is rewarding – and some of the campaign got an interesting ride from our campaign office to the beach as we had the Brexit Party battle bus in town.”

Campaigners are planning more beach cleans at the seafront and details of upcoming events will be available on the South Shields Brexit Party Facebook group.

The full list of candidates standing in South Shields is: Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour), Sarah McKeown (Green), Oni Oviri (Conservative), William Shepherd (Liberal Democrat), Geoff Thompson (Independent) and Glenn Thompson (Brexit Party).

South Shields Brexit Party candidate, Glenn Thompson at the beach clean on South Shields seafront.
South Shields Brexit Party campaigners took part in a beach clean on South Shields seafront.