BEACHES on Wearside are today named as some of the best in the country.
Keep Britain Tidy has announced the results of the annual Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards and Roker and Seaburn beaches are on the list.
The international scheme is run every year and acts as a guarantee to tourists and visitors that the beach they are visiting is of a high standard.
It is awarded for high standards of water, facilities safety and the environment.
Seaburn and Roker beaches both received Blue Flag awards.
Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that England has more Blue Flag beaches this year and we urge more holiday-makers to take advantage of the North East’s award-winning seaside resorts this summer.
“It’s great to see that more beaches along our coastline have achieved high standards of excellence for visitors.
“With eight beaches in the region receiving both Blue Flags and Quality Coast Awards, what better way to holiday in the North East than to visit one of these award-winning beaches.
“The continuing high standards of our beaches are testament to the hard work carried out by beach managers throughout the year in order to provide clean and safe beaches for everyone to enjoy, whether you live on the coast or are a visitor.”
Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council cabinet member for culture, said: “It is always great news for everyone in the city and all our many visitors that Blue Flags continue to fly proudly over both Roker and Seaburn beaches this summer.
“The Blue Flag is the internationally recognised benchmark standard for beaches and is based on accessibility, cleanliness and lifeguard services, as well as water quality.
“These flags also recognise the hard work of city council staff in maintaining the seafront and beaches for residents and visitors.
“I think that everybody who respects and acts responsibly when they’re at our seaside has also contributed to this year’s Blue Flags.
“The announcement is particularly welcome as the council is continuing with its improvement works along the Roker and Seaburn seafront as part of the Seachange programme.
“Additionally, while we welcome the ratings and are proud of this high-profile recognition, we are not complacent. We work closely with the Environment Agency as it monitors our beaches and we continue to inspect the seafront every day of the year.”
Other beaches in the North East that won Blue Flag awards were Seaton Carew, Sandhaven, Tynemouth King Edwards Bay and Longsands, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay.
Across the country there were 142 award-winning beaches with 79 Blue Flags and 99 Quality Coast Awards.