Help clear up litter from county beach

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is calling on volunteers from Morpeth to descend upon Newbiggin Bay as part of the retailer’s fourth annual Big Beach Clean Up.

Taking place on Thursday, May 7, from 10am, the litter pick – hosted in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) – will involve collecting common waste items such as wrappers, drinks bottles and wet wipes.

MCS and M&S Morpeth are inviting local residents, businesses, students and community organisations to join their team in scooping up the unwanted rubbish.

Emma Freestone, store manager at M&S Morpeth, said: “A fantastic effort was made last year, with around 250km of coastline and canals cleared. This resulted in 4,000 bin bags full of litter being collected across the country.

“The Big Beach Clean Up is a great initiative that brings communities together to do something worthwhile, but it’s always great fun too.”

This year, rubbish will be cleared at 135 UK beaches and canals. To sign up for the Newbiggin Bay litter pick, visit