1. the pier 2 pier beach clean was born!
In May 2017, after many of our own small litter picks on Seaford and Brighton beach, we invited others to join us. We put an event on Facebook and thought "if five people come that's a success". Then came the grey and windy Sunday and we waited on Madeira Drive with our borrowed litter pickers to find not five but fifty people eagerly arriving to clean the beach!
2. the beach clean bingo bonanza
We knew we were onto something, and we knew we had to keep bringing fun beach cleans to Brighton so in June we invented our very own Beach Clean Bingo! This time a beautiful sunny day and another great turnout - everyone was given Bingo cards and they dashed onto the shingle to hunt for treasure and win amazing prizes!
3. THE MARCH OF THE MERMAIDS
In July we teamed up with Surfers Against Sewage for a mass-mermaid beach clean alongside the annual March of the Mermaids. We wore our shell bras and scaly suits to dance while picking up litter for our finned friends in the sea! Our clean-up crew made a spectacular entrance onto Hove Lawns where we joined the colourful marine conservation awareness parade along the seafront.
THE SILENT DISCO BEACH CLEAN
In August, Brighton and Hove City Council funded our newest idea - the Silent Disco Beach Clean! Not only that, the idea was used to launch their city wide #StreetsAhead clean-up campaign which is still running today. The launch event on this sunny bank holiday weekend was our biggest yet - over one hundred people tuned into our summer jams via wireless headphones and shook their stuff on the shingle while picking up litter. In just three hours we collected over 280kg!
October saw our last event of the year and, with thanks again to Brighton and Hove City Council, we went out with a bang! The silent disco was back by popular demand but this time with a spooky twist - over 150 ghouls and ghosts took to the shingle, danced the Monster Mash and removed 350kg of scary litter from the beach before a beautiful Autumn sunset!
We have been humbled and amazed by the people of Brighton and Hove (and beyond) who have given up their time to join us on our beach clean adventures this year, and especially those who have supported us from the beginning. We're very happy to announce that we'll continue working with Brighton & Hove City Council to bring monthly mass clean-up events to Brighton in 2018!