West Norfolk beaches given Seaside Awards

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Blue Flag Beaches are internationally recognised symbols of water cleanliness, safety and key facilities. The City of Barrie Marina has been Blue Flag certified since 2015.

Seaton Carew is one of eight beaches in the region have also received the Seaside Award, with Sandhaven Beach in South Shields, Roker and Seaburn beaches in Sunderland, and Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, and Cullercoats, all North Tyneside, also achieving the accolade.

Blue Flag Awards West Sussex  West Wittering beach
West Norfolk beaches given Seaside Awards

The global 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 worldwide bathing water quality standards.

Weymouth Central beach was given its first Blue Flag award in 15 years in 2016.

This year's announcement is particularly special as it marks the 30th anniversary of Blue Flag in Wales.

Keep Britain Tidy Hove beach.

Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy's chief executive, said: "The success of the beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches - from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses".

This year's winners will be presented with their flags at a ceremony today (THURS) on Cromer Pier, hosted by North Norfolk District Council.

Prior to that, Shanklin and Sandown held Blue Flags and in 2014, the Isle of Wight was able to boast the highest number of beaches awarded Blue Flags and Seaside Awards combined, in the 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. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".