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Beach cleaners find 50-year-old crisp packet on Suffolk beach

PUBLISHED: 12:23 06 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:29 06 July 2018

Vintage crisp packets found on the beach by the Kessingland Beach Clean volunteers.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Vintage crisp packets found on the beach by the Kessingland Beach Clean volunteers. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Do you want to win a trip to the 1968 Mexico Olympics or want a free pair of new tights worth nearly 20 shillings?

Kessingland Beach Clean volunteers start another litter pick along the Kessingland coast.
Picture: Nick ButcherKessingland Beach Clean volunteers start another litter pick along the Kessingland coast. Picture: Nick Butcher

If so, you have a battle on your hands after volunteer beach litter pickers in Kessingland, near Lowestoft, found two Golden Wonder crisp packets - with a combined age of 95 - advertising the unbeatable offers while on a regular beach clean.

The crisp packets were also found alongside a Birds Eye two fish cake wrapper, but with no mention of a microwave to help cook the long-gone treat.

Vintage litter found on the beach by the Kessingland Beach Clean volunteers.
Picture: Nick ButcherVintage litter found on the beach by the Kessingland Beach Clean volunteers. Picture: Nick Butcher

On the back of one of the packets, Golden Wonder are offering the chance to win one of five prizes for two people in Mexico at the 1968 Olympic Games and a 1d donation to the British Olympic team for every five packets you send in.

On another packet there is an offer for free tights - available in three different shades - in return for six Golden Wonder crisp packets and a postal order for 19/6d to receive the “run-resistant, seamless, wrinkle free tights.”

Vintage crisp packets found on the beach by the Kessingland Beach Clean volunteers.
Picture: Nick ButcherVintage crisp packets found on the beach by the Kessingland Beach Clean volunteers. Picture: Nick Butcher

The deadline for the offer - December 31, 1973.

Chairman of Kessingland Parish Council, Liam Martin, said: “Kessingland beach is a great attraction, people come here and sit on the beach and bring their dogs, it is one of our assets and we have to keep these places clean.

Vintage crisp packets found on the beach by the Kessingland Beach Clean volunteers.
Picture: Nick ButcherVintage crisp packets found on the beach by the Kessingland Beach Clean volunteers. Picture: Nick Butcher

“I think these groups that are pulling themselves together are to be commended and I think the group do a very good job.”

He added: “I am just surprised like everybody else that stuff that old is still floating off our coast let alone anywhere else. Where they have been for 50 years god only knows.

Kessingland Beach Clean volunteer Ella Cooper picking litter along the Kessingland coast. Picture: Nick ButcherKessingland Beach Clean volunteer Ella Cooper picking litter along the Kessingland coast. Picture: Nick Butcher

“You would be a bit late to the Olympics! It is not just a problem around the English coast, it is a world wide problem. I think cleaning up the beach and cleaning this stuff up, they are to be commended.”

The litter pickers meet every Wednesday at 6.30pm outside the Sailors’ Home pub in Kessingland, and are supported by the council who supply litter picker sticks and bin bags.

Kessingland Beach Clean volunteer Ella Cooper picking litter along the Kessingland coast.
Picture: Nick ButcherKessingland Beach Clean volunteer Ella Cooper picking litter along the Kessingland coast. Picture: Nick Butcher

Are you organising a beach clean or want to know how you can start one? Get involved with the Big Coast Clean Up campaign by letting us know at newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

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