Teens’ community rally cry


A GROUP of Bridlington teenagers wanted to show that not all young people are bad news.

The riots in London and elsewhere prompted them to get together and do something good for the town.

All members of the newly formed Bridlington branch of the National Citizens Service volunteers, the nine strong group aged between 15 and 16, will operate during the summer holidays, and are organising beach clean-ups, a sun awareness campaign and a fund-raising event for the RNLI.

Member Drew Ferris, 16, of Windsor Crescent and Charlette Smith, 16, of North Street explained the group wanted to show young people can do good things in the community.

“We decided to do something after seeing the riots in London and all the bad press about teenagers,” said Drew who explained this was their first project.

Supported by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Youth Service, they have already held a bag-pack at Tescos to give themselves some working cash and been in touch with Bridlington Lions who are giving them beach clean-up equipment and bags, and have got sun awareness leaflets from the RNLI.

“We are hoping the RNLI might be able to get the lifeboat onto the beach for our fund raising-day for them,” said Charlette.

Their first beach-clean up is between 5pm and 8pm on South Beach on Wednesday August 24. On Friday August 26 between 10am and 4pm they will be out and about promoting safety in the sun and between 5pm and 8pm cleaning up North Beach.

On Tuesday August 30 they will be fund-raising for the RNLI

The team are keen to encourage others to join them and if anyone wants to help with any of the projects they should just turn up on the day.