Two of Morecambe’s beaches have scooped awards for facilities and cleanliness.
Keep Britain Tidy has named 13 beaches in the North West as recipients of their Seaside Award - and Morecambe’s North and South beaches are two of them.
Across the country, 56 beaches have gained the Blue Flag and 112 have picked up the new Seaside Award.
Richard McIlwain, Programmes Director for the charity Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in England, said: “We have some fantastic coastline and we know that communities up and down the country love their beaches.
“They provide opportunities for people to get outside, relax and have fun for free, while visitors to our beaches often provide support for local jobs and inward investment at sea front resorts
“We know that for many holiday makers and daytrippers clean, safe beaches, with good water quality and facilities are important factors in deciding which beach to visit and the continuing quality of management at these beaches is a real testament to the dedication, hard work and investment that local authorities and other beach managers put in year after year. The sight of the Blue Flag or Seaside Award flying gives visitors the reassurance that they’ll have a great time.”
David Ross Clasper, who has owned The Wimslow Hotel in Morecambe for six years said: “It’s good news and shows the beaches are being maintained.
“It is spotless on the promenade and the dog fouling has been reduced.
“As far as safety and cleanliness, if the awards are going to help promote Morecambe as a nice family place, then that is great news.”
Neil Jack, chair of Turning tides and Blackpool Council Chief Executive said:“We’re so proud of the number of Seaside Awards in the North West this year.Our beaches are looking wonderful and we’re all set for millions of people to enjoy another sunny season on our award winning beaches again this year.
“It’s testament to the hard work everyone is putting in through the Turning tides LOVEmyBEACH campaign for cleaner seas and giving communities and visitors clean and safe beaches and bathing waters.
“We’re ambitious for the North West to have a Blue Flag soon so watch this space!”