More praise for popular beaches

Two borough beaches have been named among the best in the country for families.

Tynemouth and Cullercoats beaches have both been included in Coast Magazine’s list of their top ten child-friendly beaches in the UK.

The national monthly publication celebrates the great British seaside and highlights Cullercoats for the chance to play make-believe pirate games near the caves while Long Sands as ‘beloved by everyone from surfers to paddlers’.

Local beaches were also mentioned in the article, including Blue Reef Aquarium and Crusoe’s Café.

Last month, the same title carried an article about playing Beach Frisbee on Tynemouth Long Sands, demonstrating the growing appeal of the area as a national visitor destination.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, was delighted with the national recognition that the beaches were getting.

He added: “We invest a lot of time in caring for our beaches so that residents and visitors can enjoy them year-round and it’s great to receive national recognition.”

Earlier this year, global travel website Trip Advisor revealed in its ‘Travellers Choice’ poll that Tynemouth Long Sands was rated by users as the fourth best beach in the UK and twelfth best in Europe.

North Tyneside has four award-winning beaches. Whitley Bay, Tynemouth Long Sands and King Edward’s Bay all have Blue Flags and Quality Coast Awards while Cullercoats has a Quality Coast Award.