Rothesay Rotarians pitch in to brighten up Bute

Members of the Rotary Club of Rothesay participating in a 'Clean for the Queen' beach-clean at the weekend, joined by members' wives, at Stravannan Bay.
Members of the Rotary Club of Rothesay participating in a 'Clean for the Queen' beach-clean at the weekend, joined by members' wives, at Stravannan Bay.

Members of the Rotary Club of Rothesay were among the local groups who rolled up their sleeves and got to work on making the island look a little bit smarter for springtime last weekend.

The Rotarians, along with several wives and partners, headed for Stravannan Bay on the island’s south-west coast on Saturday to clean up the beach there as part of a nationwide programme of events held under the banner of ‘Clean for the Queen’ to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday later this year.

The local Rotary Club ‘adopted’ the beach at Stravannan some years ago and visit every year to make sure the area is looking at its very best for the many visitors who pass by while walking the West Island Way, which includes a short stretch along the Stravannan shore looking out towards Arran.

Sandra MacMillan, the beach ranger with island charity Beachwatch Bute, said: “The beach looks amazing now - my thanks to everyone who helped.”

Sandra herself organised two Beachwatch clean-ups at Ettrick Bay over the weekend - one on Friday and one with staff members from Rothesay’s co-operative supermarket, and their families, on Sunday - while Bute In Bloom organised two events of its own in the town on Saturday afternoon.