Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

"Millions of tourists around the world look for a Blue Flag when choosing a beach or marina to visit, and there's a good reason for that".

"It's brilliant to see so many beaches winning Blue Flag and Seaside Award status this year, thanks to dedication and hard work of beach staff and volunteers".

For three decades, the Blue Flag programme, which is owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), has had a transformational impact on water quality, environmental awareness, protection, safety and services.

Beaches in the south east to win this award are: Worthing Beach, Bognor Regis East, Littlehampton Coastguards and West Wittering.

Only 42 beaches achieved both awards - including Roker and Seaburn.

In total, 65 beaches around the country can now proudly fly a Blue Flag - an worldwide award which means visitors can be sure they are clean and safe.

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"We're very lucky to have fantastic beaches with handsome, clean water to swim and bathe in, a magnificent seafront and a pier and promenade for everyone to enjoy.
"We hope these flags will encourage even more people to become regular visitors to our seafront to enjoy our world-class beaches, events and attractions".

The group has also revealed its Seaside Awards winners for 2018, for which a slightly less stringent set of criteria applies, focussing on management and information.

A quarter of children have never been swimming in the sea off the coast of Britain and almost one in five (18%) have never set foot on a British beach, according to a survey of 2,000 parents.

Clean beaches are vital to our summer-time economy, they draw huge numbers of visitors every year, supporting our local businesses and helping to maintain and create jobs for local people.

Four in five parents said the unsanitary conditions put them off taking youngsters to the seaside and a third of children have not been on holiday to the coast.

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