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Blackpool beach recognised as one of the best in the world with Blue Flag award

Blackpool beach has been labelled amongst some of the best in the world after being awarded its first ever Blue Flag.

The stretch of beach at Blackpool South has this morning been named in the list of Blue Flag beaches for 2016, putting it on a par with world renowned sites in all four corners of the globe, including in the Caribbean, Mediterranean Sea and the Pacific coastline.

The stretch of beach, which is located opposite Blackpool Pleasure Beach, became eligible for Blue Flag status after being classed as having ‘excellent’ sea water quality by the Environment Agency last year.

Blackpool is the only beach in the North West to have the prestigious Blue Flag in 2016 where its local facilities as well as access, cleanliness and public safety were assessed to make sure the beach reached Blue Flag’s very high international standards.

At the same time, three other areas of beach in Blackpool have been granted Seaside Awards for the third successive year, giving the resort an entire coastline of award winning beaches.

Today’s news is the culmination of years of work to improve the quality of the town’s sea water and adds an extra reason for people to visit Blackpool this year, according to the Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, Gillian Campbell.

She said: “The amount of investment and effort that has gone into improving Blackpool’s sea water over the last few years is nothing short of phenomenal.

“Only four years ago every expert in the country was telling us we would fail the bathing water standards and have to put signs up advising people not to swim.

“That simply wasn’t an option for us and, through hard work with our partners as well as the hundreds of businesses and volunteers who have joined in with the LOVEmyBEACH campaign, we’ve now got an entire stretch of beach in Blackpool that we should all be immensely proud of.

“To have been awarded our first ever Blue Flag is an outstanding achievement and it’s another boost to our local economy as we secure our position as the UK’s number one seaside resort.

“Not only is it fantastic to be granted Blackpool’s first Blue Flag but to be the only one in the North West is a great honour which means Blackpool has to be to go-to choice for beach goers this summer.”

On top of the Blue Flag at Blackpool South, Blackpool North beach opposite the Tower, Blackpool Central beach and Bispham beach have also been given Seaside Award status.

As part of celebrating the announcement, a large Blue Flag will fly from the top of The Blackpool Tower today until the rest of the month

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