NEARLY 1,000 items have been cleared from a 100m stretch of Longniddry Bents.

Volunteers took to the popular stretch of sand last month as part of Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean.

The bulk of the litter collected was plastic and polystyrene, as well as sanitary items.

Craig Hoy, South Scotland MSP, was among those joining volunteers during the clean-up. He said: “East Lothian has a great range of award-winning beaches, and it is vital we keep them clean and stop harmful litter from polluting the ocean or harming marine life.”

Caitlin Godfrey, shellfish engagement officer at the Marine Conservation Society, was happy to welcome the former East Lothian councillor.

She said: “Together, we collected 12kg of litter from the beach and recorded every piece of litter that we found.

“This vital data on pollution enables us to campaign for positive change to protect our seas.”