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North Tyneside's beaches win awards

Cullercoats Beach Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

North Tyneside's beaches have picked up another award.

Tynemouth's Longsands and King Edwards Bay beaches, Cullercoats Bay and Whitley Bay have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the online travel review website TripAdvisor. They've been recognised for the quality of customer's experiences when visiting the beaches.


Blue flag for North East beach

Seaton Carew beach has gained a Blue Flag in this years awards. The coastline on Teesside has been recognised for its quality of water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.

An increasing number of England's beaches have gained Blue Flag awards this year which means England is ranked in the world's top 10 countries for having the most Blue Flag beaches out of the 46 countries taking part in the scheme.

North East beaches best in country

The region's beaches have been given top ratings in a new survey.

The Marine Conservation Society's Good Beach Guide - published today - listed the North East region as the best performing in the country.

37 of the 43 beaches surveyed in North Yorkshire, Durham Tyne and Wear and Northumberland were given the highest 'Recomended' award. Two others were awarded the top Guide Line standard.

The most improved beach was at Saltburn. It failed last year but gained a 'Recomended' this time.