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Oh we do like to be beside the (award-winning) seaside

Blue Flag Award 2018

Charity reveals country's best beaches with announcement of Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for 2018

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards to England's very best beaches, including 65 international Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards. This includes awards to Torridge District Council's Westward Ho! beach.

Westward Ho! joins the country's very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

This is the 15th consecutive year that Westward Ho! has received the Blue Flag and Seaside Award. It is currently the only beach in North Devon to meet the high standards of facilities and excellent water quality required to attain a Blue Flag designation. Backed by the pebble ridge and Northam Burrows Country Park, the golden sands of Westward Ho! beach stretch for over 2 miles at low tide. Popular with visitors throughout the year, this award supports its claim to be the area's premier seaside destination.

Keep Britain Tidy's Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:

"The success of the 148 beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches - from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.

"When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country."

Councillor Phil Pennington - Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure said:

"Torridge District Council is honoured that Westward Ho! beach has attained the Blue Flag and Seaside Award for the 15th year in a row. As the only beach in Northern Devon to achieve Blue Flag status, it is clear this is not an easy feat. The authority is committed to providing excellent facilities and the highest safety and environmental standards, so that every visitor has a wonderful experience. That's why people come back again and again"

Picture shows Torridge Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Phill Pennington, collecting this years award and flag.

21 May 2018