Blue flags are once again flying high on North Tyneside’s beaches following the latest European inspections.
The borough secured more flags than any other area in the north east.
Tynemouth Long Sands, King Edward’s Bay and Whitley Bay South all earned the international award for quality.
And as further recognition for their excellent standards, all three plus Cullercoats Bay – which narrowly missed out on a Blue Flag – have also been granted Seaside Awards.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Both of these awards are extremely important to the borough, they show that residents and visitors can rely on the beaches as being clean and of an exceptional high standard.
“Our team works extremely hard to ensure they stay in the best possible condition, however, it’s important those who use the beach also continue to play their part.
“Visitors can make sure they take their rubbish home, use the recycling bins and respect the dog bans which operate in certain areas.”
A dog ban is now in force until September 30 on Cullercoats Bay, King Edward’s Bay, Whitley Bay (south) and Tynemouth Long Sands (south).