LITTER pickers are being called on to enlist in a beach-cleaning army for a day.
The volunteers are wanted to tackle a section of Newbiggin beach to help prepare the destination for the summer months.
The appeal is part of the UK-wide M&S Big Beach Clean-up, which aims to tidy 113 beaches in one week next month.
It is hoped that around 8,000 people will get involved and clear 15 tons of litter and debris across the country.
The clean-up is being supported by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and the Canal & River Trust (CRT), which will see beach activities take place between April 22 and 28.
The Newbiggin clean up will be on Wednesday, April 24, from 10am.
Last year more than 6,000 people volunteered and collected 3,200 bin bags full of litter after cleaning over 100km of beaches and canals.
The bags weighed in at more than 11.5 tonnes and included 12,800 wrappers and 2,850 tin cans.
According to the MCS, there are two pieces of litter on every metre of our coastline, most of it plastic.
Sacha Berendji, director of retail at Marks & Spencer, said: “Our Big Beach Clean-up is a great way for customers and M&S colleagues to volunteer, help their local community and protect our precious marine life.
“It’s a great fun, outdoor activity that is rewarding in more ways than one.
“Beach cleaners are helping the environment, their community and those that register in advance get a £5 money-off voucher.”
Volunteers can register at www.mcsuk.org/foreverfish/ or for more information visit www.marksandspencer.com/plana