Blue Flag status retained for central beach

Blue Flag status retained for central beach

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.

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

Now Keep Britain Tidy is hoping to get more kids in the water with their Blue Flag and UK Seaside Awards.

The Blue Flag certification is awarded to recipients every year.

Thirty-three per cent have never been on holiday to the coast, and nearly 18 per cent have never even set foot on a British beach.

Two Sunderland beaches have each won two coveted awards marking their status among the best in the country. The views from Weymouth Beach and the bay are spectacular, stretching across the horizon and taking in the Jurassic Coastline.

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

However, two thirds of parents say that knowing a beach has been awarded Blue Flag or Seaside Award status gives them confidence that a beach is a clean, safe place for their children to play, with 15 per cent saying they will only go to an award-winning beach.

Keep Britain Tidy's Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "Blue Flag leads the fight back for the Blue Planet".

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 lovely coastline".

"Millions of tourists around the world look for a Blue Flag when choosing a beach or marina to visit".

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.

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