Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

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People enjoying Sea Palling beach.

A study by campaign group Keep Britain Tidy in May found 18 per cent of children had never set foot on a British beach, 27 per cent had never swum in the sea in this country and 33 per cent had never been on holiday to the coast.

And 125 British beaches have received a Seaside Award this year - Keep Britain Tidy's own award for beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

This year's announcement is particularly special as it marks the 30th anniversary of Blue Flag in Wales.

Sandhaven is listed among 65 beaches in the United Kingdom to receive the Blue Flag award and one of 125 to secure the Seaside Award.

Visitors to award-winning beaches can be sure of a clean, safe beach with great facilities and water quality.

The Isle of Wight has three Seaside Awards show here by the stars
The Isle of Wight has three Seaside Awards show here by the stars

The other beaches to win awards are: Tankerton in Canterbury, Marina St Leonards in Hastings, and Sheerness Beach, Minster Leas and Leysdown Beach in Swale, Kent.

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

Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy's chief executive, said: "The success of the beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches - from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses".

"Keep Britain Tidy leads the fight to create clean, plastic-free beaches".

"We're very lucky to have fantastic beaches with handsome, clean water to swim and bathe in, a magnificent seafront and a pier and promenade for everyone to enjoy.
"We hope these flags will encourage even more people to become regular visitors to our seafront to enjoy our world-class beaches, events and attractions".

There are no Blue Flag beaches for the Isle of Wight this year (2018), and fewer Island beaches have won seaside awards than in 2017.

. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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