Douglas Bay chosen for national beach-clean campaign

Douglas Bay by David Kneale Residents are being encouraged to sign up to help clean Douglas Bay

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Douglas Bay on the Isle of Man is one of 50 venues across the British Isles to take part later in a nationwide beach-cleaning campaign.

Thousands of people are expected to take part in events organised by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Marks and Spencer.

The event will begin at 12:00 BST with people asked to meet by the War memorial on Douglas promenade.

Last year, more than 100 people took part in the event.

A spokesman said: "Last year, we had some really unusual items including a sofa and a set of false teeth.

"It really does make a difference and it is important to look after our beaches."

MCS Chief Executive, Samantha Fanshawe said: "Surveys show that beach litter levels are still unacceptably high.

"We hope the campaign will attract hundreds of helpers."

The MCS is a UK charity dedicated to protecting the seas, shores and wildlife.

More information about the clean up campaign is available online.

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