Two Sunderland beaches achieve Blue Flag status

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East Lindsey has retained its Blue Flag status for central beaches in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.

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.

A privately owned beach at Ingoldmells has also been awarded Blue Flag status.

Visitors to award-winning beaches can be sure of a clean, safe beach with great facilities and water quality.

"Blue Flag and Seaside Awards set the standard for our beaches, including the war against the litter and plastic that does so much damage to our marine environment. It's fantastic to see that Ingoldmells has also achieved Blue Flag status, meaning that nearly all the beaches in our District have been given the Award".

Keep Britain Tidy Hove beach.

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".

Cromer beach and town, September 1956.

"When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an worldwide Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country". "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

Seaside Awards winners will be announced today in Cromer.