Blue Flag status retained for central beach

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

Two city beaches will be able to fly the Blue Flag this summer.

Research from Keep Britain Tidy also reveals that a third of children have never been on holiday to the coast and almost one in five has never even set foot on a British beach.

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

Bridlington North, Bridlington South, Wilsthorpe, Fraisthorpe, Danes Dyke and Flamborough South Landing have all passed the standards for the Seaside Award - Keep Britain Tidy's own award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

A general view of Branksome Chime that has been awarded a Blue Flag on May 20, 2015 in Bournemouth, England.

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The Blue Flag certification is awarded to recipients every year.

However, two thirds of parents say that knowing a beach has been awarded Blue Flag or Seaside Award status gives them confidence that a beach is a clean, safe place for their children to play, with 15% saying they will only go to an award-winning beach.

In total, 65 worldwide Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (8 more than last year) have been handed out this year. It's fantastic to see so many of our beaches receiving these awards, which is testament to the work being done by our partners and communities across Wales to keep our beaches and waters clean.

It has been awarded to Blackpool South beach, which is among 65 Blue Flag beaches recognised in England this year.

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

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