Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Life's a beach on award-winning South Shields sands

Life's a beach on award-winning South Shields sands

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council's beach management team has been praised for its role in keeping the resort looking its best.

A general view of Branksome Chime that has been awarded a Blue Flag on May 20, 2015 in Bournemouth, England.

East Lindsey has retained its Blue Flag status for central beaches in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.

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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.

The awards act as a guarantee that South Tyneside has one of the best beaches in the world. "We'd like to thank every individual that has participated in ensuring Weymouth Beach is recognised for its brilliance".

However, two-thirds of parents said a Blue Flag or Seaside Award did give them confidence the beach would be safe for their children.

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

The news comes as research from Keep Britain Tidy reveals that 27 per cent of children have never been swimming in the sea in this country. 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.

In total across the country, a total of 125 have received the Seaside Award, and 65 British beaches can now fly the internationally esteemed Blue Flag - with 26 announced in the south west, four in the east midlands, 12 in the east of England, six in the north east, one in the north west and one in Yorkshire. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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In total, 65 worldwide Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (8 more than last year) have been handed out this year.

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