HELENSBURGH residents and community councillors joined forces with Argyll and Bute Council workers to clean up the town’s west bay esplanade.

The litter pick, organised by Helensburgh Community Council (HCC), took place on Saturday, May 29, and coincided with a flock of visitors to Helensburgh as both locals and tourists enjoyed the sun-soaked bank holiday weekend.

Norman Muir, convener of Helensburgh Community Council told the Advertiser: “The community council was able to present a clean and tidy beach and slipway on the west esplanade, evidently enjoyed by the crowds of people out to make the most of the brilliant weather and ambience of the seafront.

“We are indebted to more than a dozen volunteers who turned out to help, and to Davy Howie and his tractor for the heavy lifting.

“Not to forget the Blackhill amenity staff, who removed the accumulated rubbish to the recycling depot.”

Saturday’s clean-up was HCC’s second of the season, while a similar event took place in Cardross at the end of April.

Most of last year’s community beach cleans in Helensburgh and Lomond were put on hold because of the pandemic but hopes are high that a regular programme of litter picks around the area’s shores will be able to proceed as normal this summer.

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