A LOCAL Rotary Club has been litter picking along the Cumbrian coast to help 'keep Barrow beautiful'.

Led by President Nicola Stuart-Wood almost a dozen members of the Rotary Club of Furness Peninsula took part in the litter pick.

Members, ensuring social distancing was maintained, covered sections of Rampside beach, Biggar Bank and part of the coastal walk near Furness College.

"It was really good fun," said Ms Stuart-Wood.

"We were trying to think of something we could do to serve the community and environment and that we could do together within the government guidelines.

"It was to keep Barrow beautiful, the views were stunning.”

The evening last Thursday was the first time members of the Rotary Club of Furness Peninsula had been together since coronavirus restrictions prevented group gatherings.

"It was the first time a few of us had managed to get together because of Covid," said Ms Stuart-Wood.

"Some of the members have been in lockdown since March.

"We have a range of ages, from 40 to one lady in her 80s.

"It was lovely to see everybody."

Ms Stuart-Wood spoke of the rubbish discovered during the evening, expressing her surprise at the amount of commercial netting found.

"Surprisingly there seemed to be a lot of commercial netting, plastic and take away packaging" she said.

"We all got quite a few bags worth so a productive evening."

The club is hoping to carry out further litter picks in the area in future and are thinking of new ways they can help the environment.