PERSONNEL from HM Naval Base Clyde joined members of the community in Helensburgh and Garelochhead recently for the Great British Beach Clean.

The annual event, which is run by the Marine Conservation Society, sees volunteers from around the UK spend time cleaning litter from shorelines.

This year’s clean was held on Friday, September 24, with both Royal Navy and Babcock personnel participating.

Ten members of the Royal Navy and eight Babcock staff headed to the beach at Kidston Park where they were joined by the local beach clean committee.

Meanwhile, at Garelochhead, Babcock staff worked alongside teachers and 12 P5 pupils from Garelochhead Primary School.

READ MORE: Volunteer clean-ups in Helensburgh and Cardross tackle rubbish problem

Captain Ralph Coffey said: “It’s great to see the people from across the naval base and local community coming together to clean up our beaches and helping to reduce marine pollution.

“Thank you to all the teams and individuals involved for their enthusiasm and commitment to make a positive impact on the local environment.”

Last year, naval base personnel volunteered at Rhu narrows and Garelochhead with Babcock donating beach cleaning equipment for use by community groups and primary schools.

This year’s efforts netted 18 bags of rubbish at Kidston and some 16 bags were collected at Garelochhead.