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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

It's a shore thing: our beaches are among the best

The North Yorkshire coast has picked up eleven awards for top-notch standards.

Blue Flag status for the highest standards of cleanliness, safety and water quality has gone to Filey Bay, Scarborough North Bay and Whitby West Cliff.

Quality Coast awards, made for cleanliness and facilities, have gone to Cayton Bay, Filey Bay, Robin Hoods Bay, Runswick Bay, Sandsend, Whitby West Cliff, and Scarborough's North and South Bays

Seventy nine English beaches received the globally-recognised award this year – nine more Blue Flags than 2011.

The results mean England is now in the world’s top ten countries for having the most Blue Flag beaches out of the 46 countries taking part in the Blue Flag scheme.

Phil Barton, chief executive of campaign group Keep Britain Tidy, which runs the schemes, said: "It's great to see that more beaches along our coastline have achieve high standards of excellence for visitors.

"We’re absolutely thrilled that England has more Blue Flag’s this year and with a total of 142 beaches around England receiving Blue Flags and Quality Coast Awards, what better way to holiday in this country than to visit one of the award-winning beaches.

"The number of beaches receiving a Blue Flag or Quality Coast Award in 2012 proves that our shores continue to shine, offering residents, day-trippers and tourists alike well-maintained and well-managed places to visit."

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