Nipper the crab is off to Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth today (Thursday) ahead of Isle of Wight Day on 22 September.

He will be taking a sailing trip on the Wetwheels Solent boat to the 1851 Trust, to meet a group of school children from St Mary’s Primary School in Ryde.

They will be spending the day visiting the Tech Deck education centre.

Becky Daley, Isle of Wight Day co-ordinator, said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to help educate the next generation about the importance of keeping our oceans free from waste. Isle of Wight Day and Nipper are working hard to keep our Island clean and it’s brilliant to team up with Wet Wheels and the 1851 Trust, who provide amazing opportunities on and off the water for young people to become STEM innovators and ‘stewards of the future’.”

Isle of Wight Day is celebrating its third year on Saturday 22nd September by organising the largest coastline clean-up in the British Isles, clearing all 67 miles of Island coastline of plastic waste and rubbish.