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West Norfolk beaches given Seaside Awards

17 May 2018

Two Brighton beaches got recognition - Brighton Central and Hove Lawns, while six beaches in the town of Thanet have been awarded Blue Flag status: Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildreds, Botany Bay, Margate Main Sands and Stone Bay.

Of the 125 Seaside Awards handed out this year, 50 went to the South-west, 21 to the South-east and the East of England picked up 18.

North East: Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, Sandhaven Beach, Roker, Seaburn.

In 2015, the Isle of Wight Council stopped applying for Blue Flags because cuts to the way it managed beaches here meant they would not meet the criteria.

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The awards act as a guarantee that South Tyneside has one of the best beaches in the world.

People enjoying Sea Palling beach. "We'd like to thank every individual that has participated in ensuring Weymouth Beach is recognised for its brilliance".

"Blue Flag leads the fightback for the Blue Planet".

"Blue Flag and Seaside Awards set the standard for our beaches, including the war against the litter and plastic that does so much damage to our marine environment".

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Allison Ogden-Newton, of Keep Britain Tidy, said: "We're committed to creating a great environment on our doorstep for everyone and to show how fantastic our beaches can be".

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards, including 65 worldwide Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards.

"When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an worldwide Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country". "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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West Norfolk beaches given Seaside Awards