An flock of giant seagulls accompanied by a wet wipe monster, a Scotsman on stilts and an enormous dog. No, Teignmouth isn’t about to become the set for a new horror film. Instead, these strange characters will endeavour to educate locals and visitors about how we can keep our beaches clean.
The ‘Love Your Beach’ campaign group will bring street theatre and family activities to Teignmouth for three days next week from August 15th to August 17th to celebrate life beside the sea and explain more about how to keep our beaches clean and seas sparkling.
The initiative has been funded by Teignbridge District Council and Teignmouth Town Council, working with the Environment Agency, South West Water, the Marine Conservation Society and Teignmouth Recycled Art In The Landscape (TRAIL).
Teignmouth Mayor, Councillor Paul Burgess says: “Having fun with a superb range of activities is a great way to get the vital message across of how we can keep our beaches and sea safe and clean. These activities will be great fun for both residents and visitors. I very much hope that all people will take the message seriously and work towards protecting our beautiful environment.”
Teignmouth Town Beach holds a Seaside Award and is currently classed as ‘Good’ in bathing water quality standards.
Love Your Beach events
Tuesday 15 August (11am to 4pm) – Monster fun on the sands! The Marine Conservation Society is bringing Wallace the Wet Wipe Monster to Teignmouth Beach to help people understand why flushing the wrong stuff down the loo is bad, both financially and environmentally.
Wallace is a bespoke art installation and stands at over 3m tall and 8m wide. He inflates from a very small pile of wipes on the sand to a 8m wide x 3.5m tall monster and can disappear back into the shore at regular intervals during the day.
Friendly faces from the Love Your Beach campaign group will join Wallace to provide tips and advice about looking after the beach. There will also badge making, a giant deckchair and a selfie competition.
Wednesday 16 August (11am to 4pm) – Giant seagulls will be performing in Teignmouth and generally making a noisy spectacle of themselves. The street theatre has been organised to highlight the importance of caring for the environment and discourage people from feeding seagulls – but in a fun and appealing way!
Done as part of the BeachWise partnership Teignbridge, the Environment Agency, South West Water, Town Development Manager Tracey Scranage and Teignmouth Traders Chairman Keith Underhill will pop into businesses to hand out stickers and posters for food businesses to use.
Thursday 17 August (11am to 4pm) – Look out for Big Rory, a six foot, stilt-walking Scotsman and his enormous dog Ochie. They will be explaining the dangers that dog poo poses to our coastal waters. Those prone to leaving their dog’s mess behind won’t want to be caught by these two! People will be encouraged to take part in a survey (www.teignbridge.gov.uk/dogsurvey) on proposals to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order to deal with the minority of people who don’t pick up after their pet.