Top praise for our cleanest beaches

Tidy: Safe swimming at Morecambe Beach
Tidy: Safe swimming at Morecambe Beach
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Lancashire beaches have been praised as Keep Britain Tidy announced the winners of the 2014 Seaside Awards.

The North West picked up 13 Seaside Awards – three more than 2013 – for its beaches.

These beaches have been rewarded for their fantastic facilities and cleanliness.

Blackpool North, South and Central beaches, as well as Bispham will all be flying the Seaside Award flag during 2014.

Other award winning beaches include Morecambe North and South and Formby Lifeboat Road.

Ferry Beach, Rossall Beach and Jubilee Beach in Wyre were also hailed – but there was nothing for Lytham St Annes or Southport.

Across the country, 56 beaches have gained the Blue Flag and 112 have picked up the new Seaside Award.

Richard McIlwain, programmes director for the charity Keep Britain Tidy, said: “It’s fantastic news for everyone who loves visiting the seaside that beaches will be flying a flag that guarantees the public the best facilities and the cleanest beaches this summer.”

Once again Thanet in Kent has claimed the title for the most Blue Flag beaches with seven.

Mr McIlwain added: “Keep Britain Tidy is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and over the last 60 years we have tirelessly campaigned to improve the quality of our local environment. We have some fantastic coastline and we know that communities up and down the country love their beaches. They provide opportunities for people to get outside, relax and have fun for free, while visitors to our beaches often provide support for local jobs and inward investment at sea front resorts.

“The sight of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award flying gives visitors the reassurance that they’ll have a great time.”