Borough's beaches are again among the best in Europe

Flags are flying high again over North Tyneside's beautiful beaches.

Thursday, 19th May 2016, 7:18 am
Updated Thursday, 19th May 2016, 8:21 am
Mayor Norma Redfearn and representatives of North Tyneside Council celebrate Tynemouth Longsands beach being awarded a Blue Flag. Picture Jane Coltman

Once again the borough has the most number of award-winning beaches than any other area in the North East.

Prestigious Blue Flags are again flying high over the coastline at Tynemouth Longsands (south), King Edward’s Bay and Whitley Bay (south) in recognition of their clean water, litter-free sands and top-notch facilities.

And in further recognition of the clean beaches and visitor facilities, all three, as well as Cullercoats Bay, have also received a Seaside Award.

This means the borough holds more beach awards than any other area in the region.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We are delighted that our beaches have once again been recognised in such a prestigious way.

“What’s even more impressive is that this is the 21st year in a row we have received an accolade for our coastline.

“The awards prove that our beaches are amongst the very best in Europe and show visitors that they can rely on our coastline as being a wonderful, attractive and clean place for all to enjoy.

“Our coastline attracts thousands of people each year, helping to bring tourism worth £243 million to the local economy, which is why the awards are so important.

“We expect visitor numbers to grow even more as we continue to invest heavily to regenerate Whitley Bay seafront, making it an attractive and appealing destination for everyone.”

The news of the awards also comes as the council introduces a team of seasonal beach wardens to watch over the coastline.

Starting in June, their job is to keep the coastline clean, safe and well-maintained and help enforce the beach bylaws.

The team will also work closely with the police, RNLI, local businesses and residents to help deal with any potential problems or incidents.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “The seasonal wardens have made a big difference since they were introduced by Mayor Redfearn in 2014 and they have been very well received by residents, visitors and local business owners.

“With thousands of people visiting our beautiful beaches each year, we must make sure they remain unspoilt and continue to be a wonderful place that people want to come to.”

Visitors are reminded the beach dog ban is in place until September 30.

During this time, dogs are not allowed on Longsands (south), Whitley Bay (south), Cullercoats Bay and King Edward’s Bay.