Fifty Five beaches of England met the new EU standards and received the Blue Flag awards in the month of May 2013. The Blue Flag awards were given away to recognise water quality as well as high standards of the beaches.
Thanet in Kent received eight awards in all and Isle of Wight, Bournemouth and Poole in Dorset, and Torbay in Devon won four awards each. The Blue Flag awards scheme is run by Campaign group Keep Britain Tidy in England.
A total of fifty-five beaches is decreased from 2012’s total of 79 beaches. However, in 2013, the beaches of England were kept on tougher standards. New excellent standards were designed under new EU Bathing Waters Directive.
Other beaches that received the Blue Flag awards in 2013 included Lowestoft South Claremont in Suffolk, Whitby in North Yorkshire, Central Beach in Skegness, Lincolnshire and Martello Bay at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex.
Apart from this, 133 beaches in England were also given the clean status and received Seaside Awards also called Quality Coast Awards - by Keep Britain Tidy.
Across England, The Isle of Wight was awarded maximum number of awards with 13 Seaside Awards and 4 Blue Flags.