A NORTH Berwick community group helped clean the town’s beaches as part of a national initiative.

The Bass Rock Community Group took part in the Great British Beach Clean last month, a week-long citizen science event.

While cleaning both East and West Beach, the group ran a litter survey and recorded all the items of rubbish in each 100-metre stretch.

The data is used by the Marine Conservation Society to campaign for change in how people treat the seas.

The highest number of items collected related to plastic, especially wrappings and cutlery. Cigarette butts, glass bottles and cans, facemasks, clothing, string and rope were also found.

Meanwhile, members of North Berwick Rotary Club helped keep the town’s beaches clean with help from the Scottish Seabird Centre. The clean took place under the direction of Emily Burton, from the Seabird Centre.

The Rotary Club also welcomed a new member in the form of PE teacher June Jeffrey.

She was inducted on September 28, with club president Andy Izat presenting her with her badge.

She was presented by her partner Adrian McDowell, also a member of the Rotary Club. Adrian is a Paul Harris Fellow.