Delight as Hartlepool beach wins national quality award

Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

"When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an worldwide Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country".

For families who want an assurance the the beach they choose to visit will be clean and safe, Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of 65 Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards all of which have great facilities and water quality.

A fifth have never set foot on a beach while a third have never holidayed at a United Kingdom seaside resort.

Two city beaches will be able to fly the Blue Flag this summer.

The announcement means the South West retains its title as Britain's beach capital, having won more awards than anywhere else in the country. The views from Weymouth Beach and the bay are spectacular, stretching across the horizon and taking in the Jurassic Coastline.

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

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"This award wouldn't have been achieved without our dedicated Beach Management Team, alongside the businesses and concessions that we work in partnership with".

Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture, Coun John Kelly, said: "We're delighted to have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for Roker and Seaburn once again, they help provide a visible reminder to everyone of the cleanliness of our bathing waters and first class facilities along our seafront".

"When you see a Blue Flag raised at a beach or marina, you know that it's clean, sustainably managed and a safe place to swim".

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

The City of Barrie Marina is one of nine marinas and 27 beaches in Canada to be Blue Flag certified this year. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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