We have waited some time for the weather to improve and now the sun has made an appearance, as usual it would seem that some Shetlanders completely lose their wit.
If you live in Lerwick and want to get to a handy beach, the beautiful Sands of Sound is undoubtedly the place to go. I walk in this area all year round with my peerie dog and always go armed with the obligatory dog-poo bags and do my duty as a responsible citizen so that others can also enjoy the unspoilt beauty Shetland has to offer.
Isn’t it a shame though that some of the folk who only venture forth on our fine sunny days to the Sands of Sound armed with portable barbecues, cans and bottles of alcohol, beach towels, paper plates, plastic cutlery etc, etc, and all carried there in polythene bags, seem unable to carry all the empty bags, bottles and other bruck home with them after their beach party for disposal in their own rubbish bins. Instead they choose to leave them strewn all over the beach and surrounding areas.
I would imagine that writing this letter to the paper will serve absolutely no purpose whatsoever. It is unlikely that those same ignorant people who fail to act as responsible citizens during the week will be bothering to sit down and read the Readers’ Views in The Shetland Times on a Friday.
But I feel so strongly about this blatant disregard shown by those inconsiderate few for the health, safety and enjoyment of all other responsible beach users, that by putting pen to paper it may go in some small way towards making even one or two of those litter louts re-think before they tootle off, home leaving the lovely beach polluted with their debris.
My advice to those irresponsible people would be: don’t bother dragging all your bruck to the Sands of Sound in the first place – just stay at home and have your barbecues and leave all the bruck and broken bottles lying around in your own gardens for your bairns and pets to wade through, thus making the Sands of Sound a safer place for the more responsible citizens to enjoy.