City of Barrie Marina awarded prestigious Blue Flag certification

Weymouth Beach

Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

"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".

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

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

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Keep Britain Tidy's chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an global Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country".

The award represents the internationally recognized gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and amenities.

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

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Beaches at Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, which are managed by East Lindsey District Council, have once again achieved prestigious Blue Flag status.

People enjoying Sea Palling beach. Our research shows that almost two thirds (65%) 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 handsome coastline.

The winners were announced by Keep Wales Tidy on a year which marks the 30th anniversary of the Blue Flag. It's fantastic to see so many of our beaches receiving these awards, which is testament to the work being done by our partners and communities across Wales to keep our beaches and waters clean.

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In the three decades since, this number has soared to 47, including three award-winning marinas and one boat tour operator, meaning Wales has more Blue Flags per mile than anywhere else in the UK.

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