Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Beer and Budleigh Salterton have been named as having some of the best beaches in the UK, scooping prestigious awards for East Devon.
Seaton is celebrating its first-ever win of the coveted Blue Flag Award, while Exmouth has retained the accolade for the fourth year running, and Sidmouth, three years.
In addition, Exmouth and Seaton celebrated winning a Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Award for the fifth year running, while Budleigh Salterton and Sidmouth each retained the accolade for the fourth consecutive year.
Beer joined the list of Seaside Award winners for the first time.
Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council (EDDC) portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: “I’m really pleased that not only have we been awarded yet again Blue Flag and Seaside Awards at our popular beaches, but a first-time Blue Flag for Seaton and a first-time for a Seaside Award to Beer.
“I would like to thank the whole team from the officers, to the StreetScene staff, the many volunteers and the lifeguards for their hard work and dedication to achieving these accolades.”
Councillor Nick Hookway, EDDC portfolio holder for culture, tourism, leisure and sport, said: “These awards are great news for tourism in East Devon. To gain not one but two sets of awards for our beaches year after year is fantastic and shows what a lovely place East Devon is.
“My thanks must also go to all those businesses who cater for tourists. I hope that these awards will help them in their efforts to have a successful season.
“Finally, to all our visitors, I offer a warm welcome to East Devon and hope that you enjoy the outstanding environment that is on offer.”
The three towns scooping Blue Flag Awards were among 151 locations across the UK to be recognised with an award for their outstanding beaches.
EDDC said the international Blue Flag and the UK Seaside Awards were deemed ‘quality marks’ for beaches, highlighting to visitors the cleanliness while meeting the highest environmental measures and tough international bathing water quality standards.
See the list of award-winning beaches here.