Two Sudbury beaches can fly the Blue Flag

Only 26 other Canadian beaches get to fly a blue flag for meeting strict water quality standards

Only 26 other Canadian beaches get to fly a blue flag for meeting strict water quality standards

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.

The beach has also been handed a Seaside Award from Keep Britain Tidy, one of 125 beaches in the country to do so.

The worldwide 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 global bathing water quality standards.

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

In total, 65 beaches around the country can now proudly fly a Blue Flag - an worldwide award which means visitors can be sure they are clean and safe.

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".

"This award wouldn't have been achieved without our dedicated Beach Management Team, alongside the businesses and concessions that we work in partnership with".

"Keep Britain Tidy leads the fight to create clean, plastic-free beaches".

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 per cent saying they will only go to an award-winning beach.

Unclean water, litter and dog mess were given as the top reasons in the study carried out by Keep Britain Tidy.

The winners were announced by Keep Wales Tidy on a year which marks the 30th anniversary of the Blue Flag.

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards, including 65 global Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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