ELDERLY care home residents have been litter picking on the coast as part of The Great British Beach Clean.

Residents from The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, paid a visit to the beach at Seaton Carew armed with bin bags and litter pickers, loaned by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

Accompanied by staff from the home, the residents filled a bin bag with cigarette butts, sweet wrappers, fish and chip boxes and drinks cans, among other rubbish.

The litter pick was part of the nationwide beach clean campaign promoted by the Marine Conservation Society.

Resident Edna Cook, 83, said: “This is such a lovely beach. People need to remember to pick up their litter instead of throwing it on the sand.”

Jessica Brown, home manager at The Beeches Care Home, said: “The residents wanted to do their bit for our nearest seaside town as part of The Great British Beach Clean.

“Our activities coordinator Jess Roth contacted Stockton Council and asked them if we could borrow some litter pickers. Of course, they were delighted when we told them why we needed them and were happy to lend us them.

“Our residents all love Seaton Carew and, while litter picking, they had a lovely walk along the seafront, admiring all the ships out at sea, new colourful beach huts, kids’ playground and crazy golf course.

“Afterwards, they returned to The Beeches for a well-deserved fish and chip supper with mushy peas and a cup of tea.”