On Thursday 14 August, Jayne Foat LOVEmyBEACH Co-ordinator spent the day on Formby beach talking to people who visit and look after the beach. Throughout the day there were 61 adults, 42 children, 4 horses and 30 dogs all having a great time! As well as locals out for a morning stroll, visitors came from Liverpool and Manchester and as far away as Stafford and Swansea. But everyone agreed that Formby is a beautiful beach and it’s important we all do our bit to look after it.
Jayne chatted with many of the visitors about what it means that Formby is a designated bathing water – the water is tested for bacteria and work is done to get the sea as clean as possible for swimming and paddling. Not that these boys were put off! The sea looked pretty cold to us but they’re obviously made of stronger stuff.
Jane Smith from Wigan was at Formby with her husband and their dog and was pleased to hear the water quality is good:
“We’ve been coming here for many, many years. 30 years must be, long before there was a carpark. Then you just had to park next to the sandunes and trampled through. We think it is important that the quality of the water is good. Especially with children paddling or playing with the water. We’ve seen the guy take the samples and carrying his things down to the sea. We actually come very early and bring breakfast and lunch. Unfortunately fleeces on today we come prepared for everything, we’ve even got different seats, the car is full of stuff!”
If you’d like to be part of the campaign to help look after Southport, Ainsdale and Formby beaches, just contact Jayne on 0151 934 2965.