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East Anglia: Southwold, Lowestoft, Clacton, Dovercourt, Frinton and Brightlingsea beaches receive international award

PUBLISHED: 10:55 20 May 2014

Southwold beach and pier.

Southwold beach and pier.

Archant Norfolk © 2013

Some of the region’s beaches have been named as some of the cleanest and best in the country.

Charity Keep Britain Tidy has today announced the winners of the 2014 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.

Ten beaches in the East of England have gained the Blue Flag award, and 16 have received the Seaside Award.

The beaches have been rewarded for their facilities, cleanliness, and the the case of the Blue Flag recipients, meeting the highest international standard of water quality. Across the country 56 beaches were awarded the Blue Flag, and 112 picked up the Seaside Award.

The Blue Flag winners in the region were Southwold Pier and Lowestoft South Claremont Pier in Suffolk, Clacton-on-Sea, Dovercourt Bay, Frinton on Sea and Brightlingsea in Essex, and Cromer, Sea Palling, Sheringham and Mundesley in Norfolk.

Richard McIlwain, Programmes Director for the charity said: “It’s fantastic news for everyone who loves visiting the seaside that 10 beaches will be flying a flag in the East of England that guarantees the public the best facilities and the cleanest beaches this summer.”

Sue Allen, Wanevey District and Southwold town councillor said: “It’s another string to Southwold and Waveney’s bow.

“It’s good for everybody.”

Nick Turner, Tendring District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Coast Protection, said: “Four European Blue Flags is more than we have ever had flying from Tendring’s beaches before – and that is quite a major achievement.

“It gives significant confidence to residents and visitors that they really are top quality beaches, not just compared to those in this country but around Europe.”

However, Suffolk Coastal said visitor numbers have continued to grow without entering for the award.

Andy Smith, Deputy Leader of Suffolk Coastal, said: “Several years ago, we made a policy decision not to apply for Blue Flag status, but rather to focus our resources in improving our offering to visitors. During this time, Suffolk Coastal has seen a consistent growth in the number of visitors, so I see no reason to review our original decision at this time.”

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