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More of region's beaches reach Blue Flag standard

Frinton-on-Sea in Essex, Mundesley in Norfolk and Southwold in Suffolk are the newest Blue Flag beaches Credit: PA

Ten of our beaches now carry the blue flag for excellence, three more than last year. In 2013, Keep Britain Tidy awarded flags to seven beaches for cleanliness and water quality -

Dovercourt, Brightlingsea and Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, Sheringham, Sea Palling and Cromer in Norfolk and Lowestoft in Suffolk

Now Frinton-on-Sea in Essex, Mundesley in Norfolk and Southwold in Suffolk have been added to the list.

Season starts for Norfolk lifeguards

An RNLI lifeguard at Cromer beach Credit: ITV News Anglia

Lifeguard patrols are returning to the beaches of Norfolk this weekend for the start of the 2014 season.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution will be patrolling beaches at Sheringham West, Cromer East, Mundesley, Sea Palling, Great Yarmouth, and Gorleston.

Last year RNLI lifeguards in Norfolk saved eight lives, rescued 54 people and dealt with 989 incidents

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Region basks in the hot weather

People working in our seaside towns say the unseasonably mild weather has already been good for business. Many coastal resorts rely on the sun to bring in the tourists and this weekend has seen bumper crowds flock to the coast.

Click below to see Kate Prout's report from Hunstanton in Norfolk.

Email your pictures of the spring weather to angliaweather@itv.com

Thirty-nine beaches in the East make Good Beach Guide

The Good Beach Guide is out Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thirty-nine beaches across our region have made this year's Good Beach Guide.

However, the number that achieved the Marine Conservation Society's highest water standard dropped by 30 per cent.

The water at Hunstanton in Norfolk was described as excellent in 2012 but it has now been down graded to a minimum standard. Walton in Essex, and Lowestoft in Suffolk, have been described as excellent.