Two Sunderland beaches achieve Blue Flag status

Weymouth Beach

To discover the 125 winners of the Seaside Awards visit Keep Britain Tidy. This three mile stretch of sea and sand is a highlight of many people's summer holiday.

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.

Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture, Coun John Kelly, said: "We're delighted to have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for Roker and Seaburn once again, they help provide a visible reminder to everyone of the cleanliness of our bathing waters and first class facilities along our seafront".

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The Blue Flag Award is managed in England by Keep Britain Tidy and internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

"These awards are recognition of their commitment and dedication to keeping our beaches looking their best and making sure they are clean and safe for both residents and visitors alike".

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

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In order to be Blue Flag certified a beach or marina must demonstrate excellence in four areas: water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services.

The news comes as research from Keep Britain Tidy reveals that 27 per cent of children have never been swimming in the sea in this country. We are committed to creating a great environment on our doorstep for everyone to enjoy and offering a quality mark that shows everyone just how fantastic our beaches can be.

However, two thirds of parents say that knowing a beach has been awarded Blue Flag or Seaside Award status gives them confidence that a beach is a clean, safe place for their children to play, with 15% saying they will only go to an award-winning beach.

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