KIND-HEARTED volunteers have taken to Helensburgh’s seafront in a bid to spruce up the area, with spring just around the corner.

Spearheaded by Helensburgh Community Council, helpers gathered at the beachfront by the west esplanade on Saturday, February 25, for the clean-up, which was the first of the season.

The successful event saw bags of rubbish and litter lifted as volunteers worked to combat the build-up of materials which had gathered over the winter months.

Norman Muir, convenor of Helensburgh Community Council, told the Advertiser: “This is a deeply appreciative thank you from the community council to all the volunteers who came along on Saturday for the first litter and rubbish clean of the season on the west esplanade.

“The clearance of autumn and winter litter is a major task and we were indebted for the tractor and expertise of David Howie, of Drumfork Farm, who has supported us over several years to clear the bulk.

“A particular word of appreciation to the staff at Blackhill Depot who kindly provided a skip for the day. It was an encouraging start to the season.”

Helensburgh Community Council organises regular beach cleans on the last Saturday of the month, from March to September.

Taking place at 10am, volunteers are invited to meet at Helensburgh Pier. Equipment is provided but helpers are asked to bring gloves for getting involved in the clean-up.

Even those who can make it for around half an hour are welcome to get involved in the regular beach-cleans.

Anyone looking for more information is invited to contact Norman Muir: email