Blue Flags For South Coast Beaches

The South Coast has some of the best beaches in the world - and that's official.

Keep Britain Tidy today announced the results of the annual Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards.
 
Many seaside resorts have been rewarded for their top-notch facilities and high standard of quality including the Isle of White with 14 awards - 3 Blue Flags, 11 Quality Coast Awards.

Dorset's Sandbanks has become the first beach the first in the UK to receive a Blue Flag every year - for the past 25 years.
 
Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Blue Flag scheme in England and the Quality Coast Awards, said: "We're absolutely thrilled that England has more Blue Flag beaches this year and we urge more holiday-makers to take advantage of the South East's award-winning seaside resorts this summer.
 
"It's great to see that more beaches along our coastline have achieved high standards of excellence for visitors."

List of Blue Flag winners:
 
* Littlehampton Coastguards, West Sussex 

* Bognor Regis, West Sussex

* West Wittering, West Sussex

* Beachlands, Hayling Island

* Ventnor, Isle of Wight 

* Sandown, Isle of Wight

* Shanklin, Isle of Wight

* Sandbanks Peninsular, Poole

* Shore Road, Poole

* Canford Cliffs Chine, Poole

* Branksome Chine, Poole

* Alum Chine, Bournemouth

* Durley Chine, Bournemouth

* Fisherman's Walk, Bournemouth

* Southbourne Beach, Bournemouth

* Swanage Central, Swanage

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