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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Four Cumbria beaches awarded cleanliness gongs

FOUR beaches in Cumbria have scooped prestigious awards for cleanliness, it was announced yesterday.

Haverigg, Silecroft, Seascale and St Bees beaches are four of only 10 in the North West to have been granted Seaside Awards (formerly Quality Coast Awards) by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign group.

Across the country, 147 beaches have received the award for their facilities and cleanliness.

All four of the winning Cumbria beaches are managed by Copeland Borough Council.

Councillor Elaine Woodburn, leader of the council, said: “Our four amenity beaches have received this accolade for many consecutive years.

“Our staff work hard to make the beaches an attractive place for locals and visitors and I’m very proud that once again these ‘hidden gems’ have been given the recognition they deserve.

“There are also voluntary groups who pick litter on their beach or organise events. Hopefully, these awards will encourage people to travel west and experience the stunning views and tranquillity of our coast.”

Richard McIlwain, Keep Britain Tidy’s operations director, said: “It is fantastic news for everyone who loves visiting the seaside that these beaches will be flying a flag that guarantees the best facilities and the cleanest beaches this summer.

“We know that communities up and down the country love their beaches and understand what an asset they are for their towns’ economies. We also know that cleaner beaches can be a focal point for stronger communities.

“Holiday-makers and daytrippers want to visit clean, safe beaches and the sight of the Seaside Award flying gives them the reassurance that they will.”

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