The newly-awarded best beaches in the south east

Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

Colchester Harbour Marina awarded Blue Flag

Keep Britain Tidy has today announced the 15 Blue Flag beaches along with 21 Seaside Awards in the south east.

Canatara Beach will fly a Blue Flag again for the fifth straight year, as one of 27 beaches and nine marinas across Canada given the prestigious eco-certification administered in Canada by Environmental Defence.

A fifth have never set foot on a beach while a third have never holidayed at a United Kingdom seaside resort.

For three decades, the Blue Flag programme, which is owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), has had a transformational impact on water quality, environmental awareness, protection, safety and services.

A busy Cromer beach, 20th June, 1989.

The awards act as a guarantee that South Tyneside has one of the best beaches in the world.

Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: "Our research shows that almost two thirds of parents would prefer to visit beaches with Blue Flag or Seaside Award status".

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

"These awards are recognition of their commitment and dedication to keeping our beaches looking their best and making sure they are clean and safe for both residents and visitors alike".

Allison Odgen-Newton from Keep Britain Tidy said: "We've got over a third of Britain's bathing beaches who've achieved an award which I think is fantastic".

Roker and Seaburn beaches have both secured global Blue Flag status and achieved the Seaside Award, from leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy.

Cromer beach and town, September 1956.

East Lindsey has retained its Blue Flag status for central beaches in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea. "Hopefully next year we'll see an even greater number joining us as we drive up standards across the board".

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

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