Success for super seasides! Exmouth and Sidmouth beaches net Blue Flag recognition, as Budleigh and Seaton also land awards

Beaches in Exmouth and Sidmouth have been officially recognised as being among the best in Britain.

The two towns were among 76 locations nationwide to be given the prestigious Blue Flag Award.

And Seaside Awards were also given to Exmouth, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, and Seaton by national charity Keep Britain Tidy.

Councillor Nick Hookway, East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) portfolio holder for culture, tourism, leisure and sport, said:

“This is fantastic news and shows not only the quality of the beaches in East Devon, but also the commitment of all those who, in whatever way, help to make our beaches so enjoyable.

“Beaches are critical to the environment and economy of East Devon in so many ways and help to make the district a wonderful place to visit either for a well-earned holiday or for just a day visit.”

Top, left - Exmouth's Blue Flag. Top, right - Sidmouth's Blue Flag. Bottom - Cllrs Dan Ledger and Marcus Hartnell in Seaton. Images: East Devon District Council

Top, left – Exmouth’s Blue Flag. Top, right – Sidmouth’s Blue Flag. Bottom – Cllrs Dan Ledger and Marcus Hartnell in Seaton. Images: East Devon District Council

EDDC’s beach safety officer Pete Blyth added: “This is a fantastic recognition of the efforts of both our staff and partners in the local community in a very difficult year.

“There are too many local groups and organisations involved in this success to call them all out by name, but I’d like to thank everyone who has given their time and commitment to help keep our beaches safe and enjoyable for everyone to use.”

Sidmouth Town Council vice-chair Cllr Chris Lockyear said: “We are delighted that once again Sidmouth has been awarded a Blue Flag for our beach, recognising both the cleanliness of the beach and the sustainable way it is managed.

“As one of only 11 Blue Flag beaches in Devon, this award is a credit to all those who help make Sidmouth beach a joy to those of us who live here, and a draw to the many visitors who come and share it.”

England can this year boast 76 Blue Flag beaches – more than Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Mexico or South Africa.

The international Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards are quality marks for beaches and mean visitors can be sure they are clean and safe.

It is also recognition they meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

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