Suffolk overlooked for Blue Flag awards after Southwold loses its status

Southwold in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The only beach in Suffolk to have Blue Flag status has lost its title in the latest rankings, it's been revealed.

Southwold was the only beach in the county to make last year's list, but it has now been stripped of the award after failing to meet the criteria.

Nationally, 71 beaches have been given the status by Keep Britain Tidy, but Suffolk has been completely overlooked.

The Blue flag awards recognise factors like quality of water, safety and cleanliness.

Southwold last lost its status in 2012.

Norfolk and Essex have both been awarded six Blue Flags each - including Cromer, Sheringham, Dovercourt Bay and Brightlingsea.

Which beaches have made the cut?

Cromer in Norfolk has made the list again. Credit: ITV News Anglia
  • Cromer (Norfolk)

  • Sea Palling (Norfolk)

  • Sheringham (Norfolk)

  • Mundesley (Norfolk)

  • East Runton (Norfolk)

  • West Runton (Norfolk)

  • East Beach Shoeburyness (Essex)

  • Shoebury Common (Essex)

  • Thorpe Bay (Essex)

  • Three Shells Beach (Essex)

  • Dovercourt Bay (Essex)

  • Brightlingsea (Essex)