British holidaymakers can finally be as proud of their beaches as their Spanish and Greek equivalents as a whopping 70 English beaches are awarded the prestigious Blue Flag in 2011. In order for a beach to be awarded the Blue Flag, the water must be of a particularly high quality, the beach itself must have excellent facilities and there must be an absence of litter.
Torbay is the high flag flyer, with an impressive six beaches receiving the Blue Flag award. Close behind Torbay are Southend-on-Sea and Cornwall, which both boast five high quality Blue Flag beaches.
Other beaches now proudly displaying the Blue Flag in England include Scarborough, Skegness and Bournemouth. CEO of Keep Britain Tidy, Phil Barton, said: ‘Traditional beach holidays in this country were always centred on our seaside resorts and we urge holidaymakers to rekindle their passion for our wonderful coastline and quality resorts.’
Phil Barton went on to explain that the ‘continuing high standards of our beaches are a testament to the hard work carried out by beach managers throughout the year in order to provide clean and safe beaches for everyone to enjoy, whether you live on the coast or are a visitor.’
So whilst beautiful weather isn’t necessarily guaranteed, you can at least rely on an impressive 70 beaches if you don’t want to stray too far away from home on this year’s holidays.