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My title sounds a little more ominous then it is, when I mention the SAS I am of course referring to Surfers Against Sewage. The non profit pressure group who are focussed on preserving and conserving the UK’s oceans and beaches have initiated a national beach cleaning tour and have chosen to start the scheme in Devon.

The first beach that was chosen to be cleaned was Woolacombe beach in North Devon. Even though the beach currently holds the ‘England for Excellence Gold Award’ for family holidays and was also voted Best British Beach by the Mail on Sunday the event is being heralded as a great way to raise awareness of the group’s ideas and principles.

People travelled from as far afield as Birmingham to form a team of over fifty people; by the end of the day over 250kg of rubbish including random items such as toys and car parts were collected. The scheme has also been endorsed by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic committee who have chosen to award the project the Inspire Mark for its work.

Woolacombe has an immensely clean beach and coastline and organisers have stated that much of the cleanup operation is aimed towards making users of the sea more aware of the perils of leaving litter such as disposable barbecues behind when they leave.

As you can imagine the beach is hugely popular with visitors and this publicity is bound to highlight the wonders of the beach resort even more. Owners of Woolacombe hotels report each and every year about their increases of visitor staying in their Woolacombe accommodation.

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