Awards highlight beach excellence

Tynemouth Longsands, one of the beaches recognised in the TripAdvisor awards.
Tynemouth Longsands, one of the beaches recognised in the TripAdvisor awards.

North Tyneside’s coastline has picked up more awards.

All four of the borough’s beaches – Longsands, King Edward’s Bay, Cullercoats Bay and Whitley Bay – have received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year running.

The prestigious award, given in recognition of consistently delivering a ‘quality customer experience’, comes after Longsands (south), King Edward’s Bay and Whitley Bay (south) received Blue Flags.

All three, plus Cullercoats Bay, received a Seaside Award.

And in 2014, TripAdvisor users voted Longsands in its top 10 beaches in the UK.

Meanwhile, a number of hotels, guest houses, visitor attractions and eateries were also awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The awards are based on reviews left by visitors on the world’s largest travel review site and help to inform decisions on where to stay, eat and visit across the world.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We already know that our beaches, as well as the borough’s hotels, attractions and places to eat, are right up there with the best in the country.

“However, it is always pleasing to receive an award which recognises that, particularly when the praise comes from members of the public.

“Our award-winning coastline helps bring tourism worth millions of pounds to the local economy and this kind of recognition will only serve to enhance our reputation.

“We work hard to keep our beaches in top condition all year round and this is another reminder of how fortunate we are to have such a beautiful coastline on our doorstep.”