Two Sunderland beaches achieve Blue Flag status


This year, Great Western in Newquay has been awarded a Blue Flag for the first time and the South West held on to its crown as Britain's beach capital, having been awarded 26 Blue Flags and 50 Seaside Awards.

FROM today, 15 beaches in the south east of England will be able to fly a Blue Flag - an global award that tells the public it's one of the best beaches in the world.

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

Other places in the area who will be flying the blue flag include Wasaga Beach, and several beaches in Toronto, including Bluffer's Park Beach, Centre Island Beach and Cherry Beach.

And 125 British beaches have received a Seaside Award this year - Keep Britain Tidy's own award for beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

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".

"Keep Britain Tidy leads the fight to create clean, plastic-free beaches. Well done to all those involved".

The news comes as the charity today announces 12 Blue Flags and 18 Seaside Awards in the East of England.

Only 42 beaches achieved both awards - including Roker and Seaburn.

Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "Our research shows that almost two thirds of parents would prefer to visit beaches with Blue Flag or Seaside Award status".

The worldwide Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards are the quality marks for our beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough global bathing water quality standards.