A WALNEY residents’ group has used elbow grease and two tonnes of sand to shore up part of the crumbling coastline near a children’s playground.

Members of the Better Biggar Bank Community Group have been working to find ways of bringing the area back to its post-war glory.

They are looking at ways of sourcing funds to install public toilets and repair paths on Biggar Bank, but among their priorities is to fix coastal erosion that is edging close to the children’s play area.

Members of the group braved bad weather to reinforce the area with two tonnes of sand that was donated by local builders Joe and Sam Lacey.

On Sunday the job was completed when the area was patched with stones from the beach.

Group member councillor Frank Cassidy said: “Retired businessman John Walker lives close by and he is very keen to improve facilities on Biggar Bank and to protect the play area from erosion.

“John managed to obtain a couple of tonnes of sand from Joe Lacey and we are very grateful for the donation.

“Despite atrocious weather on Saturday some members were out there with John, and we had the easy job of patching the area with stones in bright sunshine on Sunday.

“The work we have done is only a stop-gap ahead of proper repairs being carried out by Barrow council officers and we are obliged to them for arranging the work which will completed in a few weeks.”