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With the staycation a popular choice for holidaymakers again this year, our coastline is the place to be, with 143 English beaches flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award, after we announced this year’s winning beaches today.
For the first time ever, one of Blackpool’s beaches – South Beach – has made the grade. Two more iconic seaside destinations, Brighton Central beach and Hove Lawns, will be joining other south coast winners which are proudly flying the flag.
68 beaches across England will be flying an international Blue Flag Award – an increase of seven this year - and 111 beaches have been given the Seaside Award.
Both awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean and safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough bathing water quality standards.
The increasing number of Blue Flags is fantastic news for all those who have worked hard to improve our seas and beaches, including local authorities, water companies and local businesses and communities.
Cornwall claims the most awards with a grand total of 19 (11 Seaside Awards and eight Blue Flags), closely followed by Torbay with 13 awards (ten Seaside Awards and three Blue Flags) ,Thanet with ten awards (seven Blue Flag and three Seaside Awards), Tendring with ten awards (three Blue Flag and seven Seaside Awards) and Southend on Sea with ten awards (three Blue Flag and seven Seaside Awards).
Keep Britain Tidy’s Coastal Award Manager Paul Todd said: “It’s great that we’re able to award more beaches this year with Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.
“We work with people and organisations who share our vision that everyone should have access to quality outdoor spaces where they live, work and holiday.
“The fact that 143 beaches will be flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award this summer is testament to the continuing hard work of everyone involved. They know that quality beaches are great for the local communities, visitors and local businesses.
“Visitors can be sure that a Blue Flag or Seaside Award-winning beach is one of the best in the world.”
James Nicholls from Blue Flag Award sponsor Sharp’s Brewery said: “With Sharp’s Brewery being based in Rock, North Cornwall, the coastline and our beaches are deeply important to us. In 2016 we are extremely proud to be supporting the coastal community again, helping beautiful beaches obtain and retain the prestigious Blue Flag status that they deserve”.