VOLUNTEERS collected hundreds of bags of rubbish from the county’s storm-hit beaches for the Great Dorset Beach Clean.

The event is now in its 26th year and saw volunteers brave the cold and wet weather to help make Dorset’s beaches cleaner.

Armed with gloves, sacks and litter pickers, volunteers along the Jurassic Coast tackled rubbish thrown up by the recent storms including metal pipes, plastics, wood and debris.

The event supported the ‘Litter Free Coast and Sea campaign’ and was organised by Dorset County Council’s coastal ranger team.

Local cafes, pubs and restaurants offered discounted meals to volunteers who headed to 25 of Dorset’s beaches to lend a hand.

Angela Thomas from Dorset Wildlife Trust was helping to coordinate the collection.

She said: “It was a really good turnout for what was going to be a little bit of a miserable day. We thought it would pour with rain so it’s great so many people were out on the beach.”