Two Sunderland beaches win prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards
Beach lovers in Sunderland will be able to run up the flags as two coastal spots were given national awards.
The beaches at Roker and Seaburn have been named as winners of prestigious Blue Flag awards by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Both beaches have also been recognised with Seaside Awards by the judges.
Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.
The Seaside Award is run by Keep Britain Tidy and recognises and rewards beaches that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet the required standards for water quality.
Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton, said: “This year, more than ever, we are going to be relying on our country’s beautiful beaches to escape for a much-needed break after all the stresses and strains of the past year.
“Last year, due to the pandemic, we did not have the opportunity to celebrate all the great award-winning beaches around the coast so this year we are delighted to have even more winners than we did in 2019, thanks to the incredible work of the teams around the country that make our beaches clean and safe for us all to enjoy.”
She added: “From environmental education for the community and ensuring responsible beach use, to cleaning regimes and an increasing number of recycling facilities, it is a full-time commitment to create beaches worthy of these awards.
“As people plan their 2021 holidays much closer to home, thanks to the Blue Flag and Seaside Award those choosing to holiday in the North-East near one of its award-winning beach can be assured it will be clean and safe and meet the highest standards for water quality and management.”
The other Blue Flags beaches in the area are Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay and Whitley Bay, in North Tyneside, and Saltburn by the Sea, in Cleveland.
Seaside beach award winners include Sandhaven Beach, South Shields, and Seaton Carew Central, in Hartlepool.
This year, England can boast 76 Blue Flag beaches and 132 that have received a Seaside Award.