STONEHAVEN volunteers were out in force today despite miserable weather conditions – and many were greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire who read a message from Buckingham Palace.
Being able to see beyond the end of your nose was a challenge, but along the seafront and around the town, pieces of debris were being snapped up by litter pickers and swept away in the Great Stonehaven Spring Clean.
Lord Lieutenant Alastair Macphie accompanied by his wife Fiona visited several of the groups, with Mr Macphie sharing a note of royal appreciation for everyone’s efforts. The Great Stonehaven Spring Clean supported the Big Help Out which aimed to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation weekend.
Rotary Club stalwarts had any litter or weeds on the promenade in their sights.
A visit to the Men’s Shed provided some welcome shelter and a cup of tea.
Horizon Group washed down the planters and bins in the Market Square before coffee at No 44.
Members of the Fireballs committee swept up the Shorehead and tidied the High Street.
The Sea Cadets had tea and home bakes waiting for the wet harbour workforce.
Scouts and Guides helped with a tidy up amongst the trees organised by Dunnottar Woods Management Committee.
The day’s activities were co-ordinated by John Cruickshank of Horizon Group.
He said: ”I’m grateful to the Lord Lieutenant Alastair Macphie and his wife Fiona who came out to say ‘Thank you’ to all our volunteers and to read the message from Buckingham Palace.
”It was a great day and all enjoyed it even in this morning’s pouring rain. And there’s been work done at other times like the Lifeboat men sweeping the boardwalk. Thank you everyone – what a tremendous community spirit and great effort on the Great Stonehaven Spring Clean from our volunteers braving the elements.”
Feature image – A cheerful gang of helpers turned up to support the Pause on Plastic beach clean – they removed some 40kg of mostly small plastic debris from the shoreline.