Central Beach in Skegness has retained its blue flag status – which the district council says makes it ‘one of the best beaches in the world’.
The blue flag is awarded for water quality, facilities, beach safety, environmental education and management.
Thanks to the work of East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) and volunteer beach cleaners, the blue flag shows visitors to the resort they can expect the highest quality
Skegness’ new town mayor Coun Dick Edginton said: “I’m very pleased we have retained the award.
“I think this award is so important for the town as we are a seaside resort and visitors need to have reassurances they can bathe in our seas with confidence.
“We have a lovely beach and it is a vital part of the many attractions on offer for visitors here.
“The public is very community-spirited here and do their bit to help with picking up litter and clearing footpaths.”
He added: “I myself have very fond memories of playing cricket on Skegness beach in the 1950s as a boy– and it’s great to think such exeriences can be enjoyed on our beautiful beaches by people today.”
Beaches in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea also retained their blue flag awards this year –but Cleethorpes lost theirs for the first time in eight years.
ELDC’s portfolio holder for the coastal economy, Coun Steve Kirk said: “We have fantastic beaches in East Lindsey and retaining Blue Flag status just confirms this fact.
“Knowing that our beaches are some of the best in the world gives potential visitors the confidence that when they come to East Lindsey they will be greeted by clean, well maintained beaches with good facilities.
“Our resorts and open spaces are an important part of the area and we work hard to ensure they are clean, inviting and safe places to visit.
“Every morning throughout the summer season, the main beaches are mechanically raked to ensure they are litter-free for the coming day, with teams working hard throughout the day to maintain the standard.
“A clean beach is integral to our summertime economy, drawing huge numbers of visitors to the East Coast every year, supporting our local businesses and helping to maintain and create jobs for local people.”
He added: “Beaches aren’t just for visitors and I’d encourage local people to take advantage of them, too.
“Achieving the Blue Flag isn’t easy and I’d like to thank all those that make this success possible.”
The Blue Flag award is managed in England by Keep Britain Tidy and internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).