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Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards to England's very best beaches, including 65 global Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards - ranging from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots.

The flags mark them out as being among the best beaches in the world for cleanliness and facilities.

People enjoying Sea Palling beach.

Blackpool North beach opposite the Tower, Blackpool Central beach and Bispham beach have also been given Seaside Award status by Keep Britain Tidy.

"Our staff and partners work extremely hard to maintain such high standards".

This year, Great Western in Newquay has been awarded a Blue Flag for the first time and the South West held on to its crown as Britain's beach capital, having been awarded 26 Blue Flags and 50 Seaside Awards.

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"When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an worldwide Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country".

Thanet remains top of the beach leader board in Kent with six of the county's 10 blue flags to its credit, including a new one for Margate main sands. Our research shows that almost two thirds of parents would prefer to visit beaches with Blue Flag or Seaside Award status, so growing the number of beaches with an award is vital to encourage more families to visit our attractive coastline.

Sandhaven is listed among 65 beaches in the United Kingdom to receive the Blue Flag award and one of 125 to secure the Seaside Award.

The awards, following hot on the heels of the charity's Great British Spring Clean and Great Plastic Pick Up campaigns, are part of Keep Britain Tidy's commitment to support and celebrate the country's best beaches for everyone for enjoy.

Overseen by Keep Britain Tidy, the honour recognises and rewards beaches that achieve the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet the required standards for water quality.

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