The region officially has some of the cleanest and best beaches in the world. Keep Britain Tidy announced the winners of the 2014 Blue Flag and Seaside Awards. Six of our beaches have gained the Blue Flag and eight have picked up the Seaside Award.
Across the country, 56 beaches were awarded the Blue Flag, while 112 picked up the new Seaside Award.
The Blue Flag-winning beaches:
- Tynemouth Longsands
- King Edwards Bay
- Whitley Bay
- Sandhaven Beach
- Scarborough North Sands
– Richard McIlwain, Programmes Director for the charity Keep Britain Tidy
"Keep Britain Tidy is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee and over the last 60 years we have tirelessly campaigned to improve the quality of our local environment. We have some fantastic coastline and we know that communities up and down the country love their beaches.
"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."
Four beaches on Tyneside and two in North Yorkshire have achieved the highest accolade for cleanliness and safety.
Tynemouth Longsands, King Edwards Bay, Whitley Bay, Sandhaven Beach, Whitby and Scarborough North Sands were all given Blue Flag status, awarded to coastal destinations which have achieved the highest quality in water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.
The beaches, which were packed with thousands over the weekend enjoying the warm weather, also received the Seaside award, which recognises and rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management.
Seaton Carew centre, Cullercoats, Roker, Seaburn, Scarborough South Bay, Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Robin Hoods Bay were also given a Seaside award.
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.