Halifax Waterfront Blue Flag certified for 7th year in a row

Medmerry Beach

East of England: Cromer, Sea Palling, Sheringham, Mundesley, East Runton, West Runton, East Beach Shoeburyness, Shoebury Common, Thorpe Bay, Dovercourt Bay, Brightlingsea, Southwold Pier.

Seaside Awards winners will be announced today in Cromer.

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled the 91 sites across the country that have met the high standards needed to receive the prestigious Blue Flag, Green Coast Award and Seaside Award - a total of 149 awards for Wales.

A Hartlepool seaside resort has achieved a national award in recognition of its high standards.

Blue Flag Awards West Sussex  West Wittering beach

"We're very lucky to have fantastic beaches with lovely, clean water to swim and bathe in, a magnificent seafront and a pier and promenade for everyone to enjoy.
"We hope these flags will encourage even more people to become regular visitors to our seafront to enjoy our world-class beaches, events and attractions".

She added: "These awards, which are not given out lightly, are yet another ringing endorsement of the quality experience and superb facilities that visitors to Sandhaven can enjoy". It's fantastic to see so many of our beaches receiving these awards, which is testament to the work being done by our partners and communities across Wales to keep our beaches and waters clean. "Well done to all those involved". More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries fly the Blue Flag.

Only 42 beaches achieved both awards - including Roker and Seaburn. "It's fantastic to see that Ingoldmells has also achieved Blue Flag status, meaning that nearly all the beaches in our District have been given the Award".

Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: "Our research shows that almost two thirds of parents would prefer to visit beaches with Blue Flag or Seaside Award status, so growing the number of beaches with an award is vital to encourage more families to visit our attractive coastline".

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