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Whitby Wins Blue Flag Beach Award

Whitby Wins Blue Flag Beach Award

Keep Wales Tidy has unveiled the 91 sites across the country that have met the high standards needed to receive the prestigious Blue Flag, Green Coast Award and Seaside Award - a total of 149 awards for Wales.

The Waterfront marina has been re-certified Blue Flag, an worldwide eco-certification for beaches and marinas, which its maintained each year since 2012.

Blue Flag beaches also have to run a minimum of five educational activities for the local community and visitors to make people aware of the importance of looking after the natural environment.

The Blue Flag certification is awarded to recipients every year.

Thanet remains top of the beach leader board in Kent with six of the county's 10 blue flags to its credit, including a new one for Margate main sands.

The sandy beaches of Shanklin have been awarded a Seaside Award for 2018 by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

North East: Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, Sandhaven Beach, Roker, Seaburn.

"Blue Flag leads the fightback for the Blue Planet".

One of the main reasons parents chose not to take their children to the beach was because of cleanliness, 40 per cent were anxious about water quality, 38 per cent were put off by litter and 42 per cent were concerned about dog mess.

The findings come as Keep Britain Tidy announces the annual winners of it Blue Flag awards for best beaches and Seaside Awards.

Seaside Awards are handed out by Keep Britain Tidy, to beaches that "meet the highest standards for cleanliness and facilities".

A fifth have never set foot on a beach while a third have never holidayed at a United Kingdom seaside resort.

Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "Our research shows that almost two thirds of parents would prefer to visit beaches with Blue Flag or Seaside Award status".