The third Isle of Wight Day, scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd will see the UK’s longest ever coastline clean-up to rid the Island’s beautiful beaches of unwanted plastic waste that the seas have dumped there.
This huge environmental operation was announced today by the organisers of this year’s Isle of Wight Day, as the main focus for the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd.
Robin Courage, the founder of Isle of Wight Day, said
“Isle of Wight Day was created as a day when the whole Island community should come together to celebrate everything that is great about our beautiful Island and what better way to tell the world about this very special place than for all Islanders and visitors to come together to rid our beaches and coastal paths of unwanted plastic waste thrown up by our seas. Instead of street parties this year, let’s all gather for beach parties, so that we can keep our Island beautiful and tell the world about it”
Leading this initiative will be Nipper, a giant 7ft high crab mascot (with pincers to pick up plastic waste) who will be appearing at all the Island’s major events throughout the summer. Nipper will be helping to recruit the hundreds of volunteers needed for this major coastline clean-up and will have his own carnival float at all Island Carnivals this summer. Nipper will also be visiting schools and will travel to the mainland to encourage visitors to come to the Island that weekend.
Isle of Wight Day will also provide the clean-up volunteers with disposable rubbish bags, gloves, high viz vests and other equipment to help with the coastal clean-up. All plastic rubbish collected over the weekend will be safely disposed of in
conjunction with the IOW Council.
New re-usable celebratory bunting will be available for the day and other major events have also been announced for the weekend. The biggest ever People’s Parade will this year take place in Cowes on September 22nd.
The After-Parade Party will be held in the Northwood House Park with a huge “It’s a Knockout” game for teams from Island companies The party will also feature live music acts and food and drink stalls and a huge fireworks display at 9pm.
Rob da Bank and the Bestival team are once again presenting an “Island’s Got Talent” competition with auditions to be held throughout the summer around the Island and the finals to be held at a yet to be confirmed time and date. The winners will once again receive a slot at next year’s Bestival.
Following two highly successful sell-out concerts in 2016 and 2017, a “Songs of Praise” concert, featuring the IOW Symphony Orchestra and two choirs, hosted by Alan Titchmarsh, will be organized by the Island churches and held at Cowes Enterprise College on the afternoon of Sunday, September 22nd.
The Island’s premier restaurant critics, Matt & Cat, will oversea this year’s “Dish of Isle of Wight Day” competition, where all island eateries and pubs are encouraged to create dishes sourced solely from Island produce, to celebrate this year’s Isle of Wight Day.
Robin Courage thanked the Island’s three ferry operators for their continuing generous support of the day and called for other Island companies to become involved by sponsoring some of the big events being held on the day. He also called for more volunteers to become involved in the day’s events and for everyone to Nip down to the beach to volunteer their services for the big weekend coastal clean-up. Or Nipper will have his pincers after you!