Town’s beaches recognised as the best

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Bridlington’s North Beach has regained a Blue Flag award which recognises the highest standard of water quality, cleanliness, safety and environmental management.

Bridlington South Beach was also praised, along with Withernsea which both achieved Resort Seaside Awards for the excellent standards of the facilities and reflects the good water quality.

Rural Seaside Award status has been attained by Wilsthorpe, Fraisthorpe, Danes Dyke and South Landing which do not have the facilities required to qualify for Blue Flag status but have consistently high water quality.

Darren Stevens, Head of Culture and Information at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “This is fantastic news, the announcement will not only demonstrate that we have excellent beaches, but will also attract extra tourism to the area in time for the summer period.

“I am delighted to hear of Hornsea and Bridlington North’s Blue Flag Awards and I am also thrilled that the other beaches won a Seaside Award.

“The results are testament to the unique partnership approach being taken by the council, Yorkshire Water, Welcome to Yorkshire, the Environment Agency, Scarborough Borough and North Yorkshire Council, the Rural Affairs Forum and Defra, with the aim of achieving eight blue flags along Yorkshire’s 50-mile coast.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s coastal award manager, Paul Todd, said: “It is great to be able to celebrate another fantastic year for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.

“As an environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy is committed to improving the quality of the places where people live, work and holiday and these winners have proved their commitment to providing the best possible beaches for locals and visitors alike.

“The public can be sure, if they visit a Blue Flag or Seaside Award winning beach, that they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world.”

A spokesperson forThe East Riding of Yorkshire Council added: “The East Riding coast continues to offer some of the best beach facilities in the UK and we are looking forward to a fantastic summer.”

For more information o visit www.blueflag.org