Volunteering: 2 days cleaning the beach…

I’m fortunate that my employer allows its staff to do local volunteering for a couple of days each year. Last year I helped out at Landguard Nature Reserve in Felixstowe, putting up some fencing and rebuilding some steps. This year I wanted to do something in the fresh air again, so decided to spend two days cleaning various stretches of Felixstowe beach.

Why beach cleaning?

For the last 18 months, I’ve been an active supporter of the “2 Minute Beach Clean” campaign. This encourages anyone who visits a beach to spend 2 minutes picking up anything that shouldn’t be there.

A 2 minute beach clean might seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but it is important. Every piece of plastic removed from the marine environment is no longer a danger to the animals that still live there.

I thought I would turn 2 minutes into 2 days and it would be interesting to see what, and how much, I could pick up.

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A load of old rubbish to be exhibited at Felixstowe’s Art On The Prom

Felixstowe resident, Ben Matthews, will be exhibiting his new collection at Art On The Prom which is made entirely from plastics left on the beach, highlighting the increasing problem of plastic pollution in our seas.

Plastic washes up on Suffolk’s beaches with every tide, is blown on to the beach or is left by visitors to the seaside. This looks unpleasant for those visiting the seaside, which could damage Felixstowe’s economy, but it also endangers sealife.

It is estimated that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Plastic pollution is a real threat, with the Government recently announcing a ban on microbeads in cosmetic products. Sky’s Ocean Rescue campaign also visited Felixstowe last weekend, bringing its 10 metre plastic whale, Plasticus, showing how much plastic is dumped in seas every second. Continue reading

World’s largest container ship, OOCL Hong Kong, arrives at the Port of Felixstowe – 21 June 2017

A bit of a mad scramble to grab the camera and run out the front door on the evening of Wednesday 21 June 2017 (the longest day of the year AND the inaugural Suffolk Day!), as the world’s largest container ship, OOCL Hong Kong, arrives at the Port of Felixstowe. The people of Felixstowe turned out in force along the cliff tops and at the Viewing Point.

OOCL Hong Kong

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London Marathon 2017 – 23 April 2017

Well, what another fabulously inspiring day, photographing runners for Mind and Heads Together. If you’ve never experienced the London Marathon, you really should go. The overwhelmingly positive and encouraging atmosphere will take your breath away. It also demonstrates how integral charities and the voluntary sector are in our lives.

As always, trying to capture all the Mind runners was a tough task! Mind had over 1,000 runners (who raised an estimated £1.2m!), as well as runners wearing the Heads Together charity colours.

Sean Fletcher: London Marathon 2017 runners

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Latitude 2016

A long, but sunny and enjoyable weekend spent photographing as much of the Latitude Festival 2016 as possible! If you’d like to see more of any of the acts shown, leave a comment and I’ll add some more!

Obelisk Arena

Obelisk Arena

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