One beach in Yorkshire gets a Blue Flag - it's Whitby!

One beach in Yorkshire gets a Blue Flag - it's Whitby!

The award represents the internationally recognized gold-standard for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and amenities.

The beach has also been handed a Seaside Award from Keep Britain Tidy, one of 125 beaches in the country to do so.

Only 42 beaches achieved both awards - including Roker and Seaburn.

Now Keep Britain Tidy is hoping to get more kids in the water with their Blue Flag and UK Seaside Awards.

In 2015, the Isle of Wight Council stopped applying for Blue Flags because cuts to the way it managed beaches here meant they would not meet the criteria.

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Instead, the 36-year-old has chose to return to Rangers six years after quitting in the wake of the club's financial meltdown. He netted his first Premier League goal for Liverpool last weekend but could move in search of more regular football.

One in four children has never swum in the sea in Britain and nearly one in five have never set foot on a British beach, research has revealed.

The global Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards are the quality marks for beaches and mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough worldwide bathing water quality standards. Clean beaches are vital to our summer-time economy, they draw huge numbers of visitors every year, supporting our local businesses and helping to maintain and create jobs for local people.

Portfolio Holder for the Coastal Economy, Councillor Steve Kirk, said: "We are delighted to have retained the Blue Flags at all our beaches".

Canatara Beach will fly a Blue Flag again for the fifth straight year, as one of 27 beaches and nine marinas across Canada given the prestigious eco-certification administered in Canada by Environmental Defence. 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.

The privately owned beach at Ingoldmells has also been awarded Blue Flag status. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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