Thanet boasts the most beach blue flags in Kent


One of South Shields' most popular beaches beach has once again won two coveted national awards - marking its status as one of the best in the world.

Bridlington North, Bridlington South, Wilsthorpe, Fraisthorpe, Danes Dyke and Flamborough South Landing have all passed the standards for the Seaside Award - Keep Britain Tidy's own award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

The South-west picked up the most Blue Flags for its beaches with 26, followed by the South-east at 15 and East of England on 12.

People enjoying Sea Palling beach. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough worldwide bathing water quality standards.

The Colchester Harbour Marina in Essex is one of nine marinas, and twenty-seven beaches from across the country awarded the coveted blue flag.

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She added: "These awards, which are not given out lightly, are yet another ringing endorsement of the quality experience and superb facilities that visitors to Sandhaven can enjoy".

Two Brighton beaches got recognition - Brighton Central and Hove Lawns, while six beaches in the town of Thanet have been awarded Blue Flag status: Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildreds, Botany Bay, Margate Main Sands and Stone Bay.

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

The flags are due to be presented at a ceremony on Cromer Pier later today.