Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

More than 4,000 beaches and marinas in 45 countries fly the blue flag.

Swanage Central beach has also picked up both awards.

Sandhaven Beach has achieved the Blue Flag status and secured the Seaside Award for the twelfth year running, from leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy.

"Year of the Sea 2018 is the flawless time to celebrate the success of the past 30 years of the Blue Flag programme - and gives us a fantastic opportunity to make the most the fact that we have more Blue Flag beaches per mile than anywhere else in Britain".

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.

To discover the 125 winners of the Seaside Awards visit Keep Britain Tidy.

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Cllr Richard Kosior, Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Briefholder for Tourism, Culture and Harbour, said: "Weymouth Beach draws residents and tourists to its shores, come rain or shine".

People enjoying Sea Palling beach. "We'd like to thank every individual that has participated in ensuring Weymouth Beach is recognised for its brilliance".

The Halifax Waterfront has once again been Blue Flag certified.

Keep Britain Tidy's Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "Blue Flag leads the fight back for the Blue Planet. It's fantastic to see that Ingoldmells has also achieved Blue Flag status, meaning that nearly all the beaches in our District have been given the Award".

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

However, two thirds of parents say that knowing a beach has been awarded Blue Flag or Seaside Award status gives them confidence that a beach is a clean, safe place for their children to play, with 15% saying they will only go to an award-winning beach. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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