A TRIP south to the Langness peninsula is the destination this weekend for Beach Buddies on Sunday morning.
Earlier this week we hosted a big group of cruise ship passengers at Castletown Bay and Derbyhaven, and we found large amounts of rubbish. So, we’re going back again – this time to Langness, meeting at 10.30am in the Langness car park, a short walk from the lighthouse.
The cruise ship event for Hurtigruten saw 158 people take part, all from Norway and Sweden – and they were full of praise for the Isle of Man. They were all amazed by the beauty of our island, and the cleanliness of our roads, parks, glens and public places.
They said the Isle of Man was “much cleaner” than their home countries – a fantastic endorsement for our community. But they also wanted to know why we don’t publicise the fact that the Isle of Man is such a stunning place. “You are keeping this beautiful place a secret”, one Swedish visitor said.
The beach cleaning event made history as the world’s first ever beach cleaning activity organised for large numbers of cruise ship passengers, and already we’ve been asked to host another event for a different cruise company in the coming months. This looks like it could take off big style!
Sunday’s event ends no later than 12 noon. As always, we supply all the equipment and remove everything afterwards, recycling as much as possible, including plastics, tin cans, glass bottles, metals and hard plastics. The rest goes to the Energy From Waste plant to make electricity.
• Beach Buddies is sponsored by FIM Capital and receives annual funding from DEFA.