Buckets of fun on Newcastle beach

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Friday, June 1st, 2012

Jamie, Ella and Jessica Harvey from Newcastle with Audrey Byrne from Newcastle Chamber of Commerce

Budding sculptors, architects and those who simply thought they would try their hand at building sandcastles appeared on Newcastle beach recently armed with buckets and spades. While building control may have questioned some of the final masterpieces, a fun filled afternoon was had by all. A professional sculptor set the standard with his ‘toilet’ image, which was fun to look at but also contained a very serious message. Jane Jackson, NI Water’s Education Manager, explained to Newry Times, “While having a great day out, we took the opportunity to highlight the importance of keeping our beaches tidy. World Oceans Day is on 8th June, so it is the perfect time to raise awareness of our ‘Bag it, don’t flush it’ campaign. This is basically educating everyone on what can and cannot be put down the toilet. Items such as nappies, wipes, sanitary items, razors and cotton buds are commonly found washed up on the shore.” Jane added, “People are often genuinely shocked when they realise the damage they are doing without even realising it.” Audrey Byrne, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce commented: “Newcastle Chamber is determined to work with the local traders, community and all the schools to achieve a first class beach for all. Events like the sandcastle competition and beach clean not only provide good fun but also raise an awareness on the importance of having a clean and healthy seaside resort.” The lucky winners on the day received a voucher for Mauds in Newcastle, while there were plenty of prizes for runners up. Participants also received NI Water drinking water bottles and other NI Water goodies.
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