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Blackpool and Brighton make the cut as 65 beaches English beaches get Blue Flag status

England’s cleanest beaches have been revealed with Blackpool and Margate among those to make the cut.

In total, 65 English beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status this year – down from 68 beaches in 2017.

The Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that the beach has excellent facilities, is litter free and has achieved a high standard of water quality. 

England’s cleanest beaches have been revealed with Blackpool and Margate among those to make the cut. Above, a sunset shot of Cromer in Norfolk

Children play in the water while others fly kites on Sandhaven beach in South Tyneside. It was one of six in the north east area of England to be awarded a Blue Flag 

Children play in the water while others fly kites on Sandhaven beach in South Tyneside. It was one of six in the north east area of England to be awarded a Blue Flag 

Families lie on towels and soak up the sun on Botany Bay in Broadstairs, Kent. The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for 2018 

Families lie on towels and soak up the sun on Botany Bay in Broadstairs, Kent. The beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for 2018 

Alongside this, Blue Flag beaches have to run a minimum of five educational activities for the local community and visitors to make people aware of the importance of looking after the natural environment.

When the award scheme first began in 1987, just 12 English beaches achieved Blue Flag status.

This year’s results were announced today by Keep Britain Tidy which administers the Blue Flag and Seaside Award schemes in England.

Other well-known beaches which were awarded Blue Flags this year included Central Beach in Skegness, Lincolnshire; Westward Ho! in Devon and Whitby in Yorkshire.  

The Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that the beach has excellent facilities, is litter free and has achieved a high standard of water quality. Above, Whitby was recognised for its clean beaches

The Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that the beach has excellent facilities, is litter free and has achieved a high standard of water quality. Above, Whitby was recognised for its clean beaches

When the award scheme first began in 1987, just 12 English beaches achieved Blue Flag status. Above, Tynemouth Longsands was one of this year's recipients

When the award scheme first began in 1987, just 12 English beaches achieved Blue Flag status. Above, Tynemouth Longsands was one of this year’s recipients

The golden sands of Roker beach in Sunderland also has Blue Flag status for 2018. Pictured is the beach as well as the pier and lighthouse 

The golden sands of Roker beach in Sunderland also has Blue Flag status for 2018. Pictured is the beach as well as the pier and lighthouse 

The sunsets over Mablethorpe beach in Lincolnshire. Keep Britain Tidy is leading the fight to create clean, plastic-free beaches

The sunsets over Mablethorpe beach in Lincolnshire. Keep Britain Tidy is leading the fight to create clean, plastic-free beaches

The awards, following hot on the heels of the charity’s Great British Spring Clean and Great Plastic Pick Up campaigns, are part of Keep Britain Tidy’s commitment to support and celebrate the country’s best beaches for everyone for enjoy.

Commenting on the results, Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: ‘Blue Flag leads the fightback for the Blue Planet.

‘Our research shows that nearly two thirds (65 per cent) 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 beautiful coastline.

This year's results were announced today by Keep Britain Tidy which administers the Blue Flag and Seaside Award schemes in England. Above, the golden sands of a beach at Margate in Kent

This year’s results were announced today by Keep Britain Tidy which administers the Blue Flag and Seaside Award schemes in England. Above, the golden sands of a beach at Margate in Kent

The awards, following hot on the heels of the charity’s Great British Spring Clean and Great Plastic Pick Up campaigns, are part of Keep Britain Tidy’s commitment to support and celebrate the country’s best beaches for everyone for enjoy. Above, Blackpool was praised for its clean coastline

The awards, following hot on the heels of the charity’s Great British Spring Clean and Great Plastic Pick Up campaigns, are part of Keep Britain Tidy’s commitment to support and celebrate the country’s best beaches for everyone for enjoy. Above, Blackpool was praised for its clean coastline

A sunny day always brings out visitors to the world famous Brighton beach on England's south coast, which has Blue Flag status for 2018 

A sunny day always brings out visitors to the world famous Brighton beach on England’s south coast, which has Blue Flag status for 2018 

‘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.

‘Keep Britain Tidy leads the fight to create clean, plastic-free beaches. 

‘We are committed to creating a great environment on our doorstep for everyone to enjoy and offering a quality mark that shows everyone just how fantastic our beaches can be.

‘It’s brilliant to see so many beaches winning Blue Flag and Seaside Award status this year, thanks to dedication and hard work of beach staff and volunteers who work tireless to maintain the high standards. 

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton hopes there will be more Blue Flag beaches next year. Above,  pebbles are the only thing littering the sea front at Westward Ho! in Devon

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton hopes there will be more Blue Flag beaches next year. Above, pebbles are the only thing littering the sea front at Westward Ho! in Devon

Skegness scored a Blue Flag, with adjudicators giving it the thumbs up on the cleanliness front for its sand and water 

Skegness scored a Blue Flag, with adjudicators giving it the thumbs up on the cleanliness front for its sand and water 

The deserted Dawlish Warren in Devon, another Blue Flag beach for 2018. This year’s winners will be presented with their flags at a ceremony today on Cromer Pier

The deserted Dawlish Warren in Devon, another Blue Flag beach for 2018. This year’s winners will be presented with their flags at a ceremony today on Cromer Pier

‘Hopefully next year we’ll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board.’

This year’s winners will be presented with their flags at a ceremony today on Cromer Pier in Norfolk.

There were also 125 Seaside Awards given out. This accolade recognises beach management but also measure water quality to a European standard, under the Bathing Water Directive.

ENGLISH BEACHES AWARDED BLUE FLAGS FOR 2018

East Midlands 

  • Ingoldmells South 
  • Central Beach, Mablethorpe
  • Central Beach, Skegness
  • Central Beach, Sutton on Sea

East of England 

  • Cromer
  • Sea Palling
  • Sheringham
  • Mundesley
  • East Runton
  • West Runton
  • East Beach Shoeburyness
  • Shoebury Common
  • Thorpe Bay
  • Dovercourt Bay
  • Brightlingsea
  • Southwold Pier

North East 

  • Tynemouth Longsands
  • King Edwards Bay
  • Whitley Bay
  • Sandhaven Beach
  • Roker
  • Seaburn

North West 

Yorkshire 

South West 

  • Blackpool Sands
  • Poole, Sandbanks Peninsular  
  • Poole, Shore Road 
  • Poole, Canford Cliffs 
  • Poole, Branksome Chine
  • Alum Chine
  • Durley Chine
  • Fisherman’s Walk
  • Southbourne
  • Carbis Bay
  • Gyllyngvase
  • Porthmeor
  • Great Western
  • Polzeath
  • Porthtowan
  • Trevone Bay 
  • Widemouth Bay
  • Sandy Bay
  • Challaborough Bay
  • Swanage Central
  • Dawlish Warren
  • Breakwater Beach
  • Meadfoot Beach
  • Oddicombe Beach 
  • Westward Ho!
  • Weymouth Centra

South East 

  • Brighton Central
  • Hove Lawns
  • Tankerton
  • Marina St Leonards
  • Hayling Island Beachlands
  • Sheerness Beach
  • Minster Leas
  • Leysdown Beach
  • Minnis Bay
  • West Bay
  • St Mildreds
  • Botany Bay
  • Margate Main Sands
  • Stone Bay
  • West Wittering Beach 

 Source: Keep Britain Tidy



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