A South Tyneside beach will once again be flying the flag for the summer after retaining a coveted national award.
Sandhaven Beach, in South Shields, kept its Blue Flag status, as well as the Seaside Award from leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy, a guarantee that the borough has one of the best beaches in the world.
We are thrilled it has received the Blue Flag and Seaside awards, once again showing that it continues to be one of the best.Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside council
Both accolades are the quality marks for beaches and mean that visitors can be sure that they boast top- notch facilities, are clean and safe and meet the highest environmental standards.
For many people, going to the beach also means a dip in the sea.
The awards acknowledge that Sandhaven has met the required European Union standards for water quality, with Blue Flag beaches subject to even tougher tests meeting the very highest international standards.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “Sandhaven Beach is one of South Tyneside’s best assets and helps us to attract thousands of visitors every year.
“With more families looking for value for money days out this summer, these awards help us with our efforts to promote South Shields as a traditional seaside resort.
He added: “We are thrilled it has received the Blue Flag and Seaside awards once again showing that it continues to be one of the best.”