Skegness joins the Blue Flag brigade


Traditional seaside destinations such as Skegness, Bournemouth and Scarborough will be flying the Blue Flag this year. They are among 70 English beaches that have won the award, which is organized by Keep Britain Tidy.

The Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that the beach has excellent facilities, is litter free and has achieved a high standard of water quality. 
In addition, 108 beaches have received Quality Coast Awards and 32 beaches have won both Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards, Keep Britain Tidy said.

England can now boast 146 award-winning beaches, although there were 150 in 2010. Most English regions have done as well for Blue Flag beaches this year, although the number awarded in south-east England has fallen from 17 to 10.

Flying the flag for England’s seaside resorts is Torbay in Devon which has six Blue Flag beaches, closely followed by Cornwall and Southend-on-Sea in Essex, which both have five.

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy said: ‘Traditional beach holidays in this country were always centred on our seaside resorts and we urge holidaymakers to rekindle their passion for our wonderful coastline and quality resorts.

The continuing high standards of our beaches are testament to the hard work carried out by beach managers throughout the year in order to provide clean and safe beaches for everyone to enjoy, whether you live on the coast or are a visitor.’

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