Beaches in North Tyneside have once again been named among the best in Europe.
Three borough beaches have been awarded top quality awards ahead of the summer season – meaning North Tyneside Council has more awards for its beaches than any other area in the north east.
Tynemouth Longsands South, King Edward’s Bay and Whitley Bay South have all earned prestigious Blue Flags.
As further recognition, all three – plus Cullercoats Bay – have been presented with the Seaside Award, which recognises beaches that are clean and provide the best standards for visitors.
Council chief executive Patrick Malia said: “The timing of these awards could not be more perfect; they are recognition that North Tyneside is a fantastic place to visit and is internationally acknowledged as having some of the best beaches in the world.
“The council is making regeneration a priority and millions of pounds is being invested to transform the borough and the seafront.
“We recently opened the £1.2m impressive plaza and amphitheatre events arena connecting the Spanish City to the promenade and the beach and we’re currently busy restoring Whitley Bay’s iconic Spanish City and Dome thanks to grant of £3.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.”
Both awards are administered in England by Keep Britain Tidy with requirements including strict bathing water testing meeting European standards, high levels of maintenance, regular seafront cleaning, enforcement of dog byelaws, a dedicated lifeguard service and lifesaving equipment.
The Blue Flag honours come only weeks after Tynemouth Longsands was voted sixth in the coveted list of top ten beaches in the UK in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards.