Brid North loses Blue Flag

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BRIDLINGTON’S North Beach has lost its Blue Flag status meaning there are now no beaches in the resort boasting the prestigious award.

South Beach has not had a Blue Flag since 2007 and did not make the grade again this year, but it is not all bad news as both North and South beaches have been awarded a Quality Coast Award (QCA).

They are joined by Barmston, Danes Dyke, Fraisthorpe, South Landing and Wilsthorpe who are among the 15 Yorkshire beaches awarded the QCA which is given to well-managed beaches that narrowly miss out on a Blue Flag.

There is also good news for Hornsea which has been awarded a Blue Flag for 2011 after losing the status last year.

It joins Withernsea, Filey Bay, Whitby West and Scarborough North as Yorkshire’s five Blue Flag resorts.

Darren Stevens, head of culture and information at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am delighted to hear that Hornsea and Withernsea have regained their Blue Flag status, it is an excellent accolade and will help boost tourism in the area.

“We are disappointed that Bridlington North narrowly missed out on retaining its Blue Flag but, while the water does not meet the very high standard needed for Blue Flag status, I would like to assure visitors that the water does meet the necessary requirements for bathing.

“Bridlington continues to offer some of the best beach facilities in the UK and we are looking to build on a fantastic Easter during the summer.”

Read the full report in this week’s Free Press.