Two Sudbury beaches can fly the Blue Flag

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

Two Sunderland beaches have each won two coveted awards marking their status among the best in the country.

The award looks at the water quality, facilities, beach safety, environmental education and management of the beaches.

This year, Great Western in Newquay has been awarded a Blue Flag for the first time and the South West held on to its crown as Britain's beach capital, having been awarded 26 Blue Flags and 50 Seaside Awards.

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.

The Blue Flag certification is awarded to recipients every year.

"We're very lucky to have fantastic beaches with lovely, clean water to swim and bathe in, a magnificent seafront and a pier and promenade for everyone to enjoy.
"We hope these flags will encourage even more people to become regular visitors to our seafront to enjoy our world-class beaches, events and attractions".

The symbol is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education, and flies at more than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries.

Parents told a survey they were put off by litter-strewn beaches and pollution in the sea.

Research from Keep Britain Tidy also reveals that a third of children have never been on holiday to the coast and almost one in five has never even set foot on a British beach.

Allison Ogden-Newton, of Keep Britain Tidy, said: "We're committed to creating a great environment on our doorstep for everyone and to show how fantastic our beaches can be".

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