Date published: 17th May 2018

The annual awards ceremony which sees Keep Britain Tidy hand out Blue Flags and Seaside Awards to local authorities is being held in Cromer today, May 17th.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 190 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 65 international Blue Flags and 125 Seaside Awards (eight more than last year), with 42 beaches achieving both awards. Many of the authorities receiving awards will be hosted by North Norfolk District Council on Cromer Pier today to celebrate their achievements.

Blue Flag winning authorities from Poole to Waveney and Torbay to Hastings will be present at today’s event. Organisations including Anglian Water, the RNLI Lifeguards, the Environment Agency, the Marine Conservation Society and parish councils from the Blue Flag towns and villages in North Norfolk will also be attending.

The suggestion that Cromer could host the event was made during last year’s Blue Flag ceremony, which was held in Bournemouth.

In 2017, North Norfolk District Council had its most successful set of Blue Flag results when the district secured six flags – at East Runton, West Runton, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham.

NNDC has repeated its success this year with East Runton, West Runton, Cromer, Mundesley, Sea Palling and Sheringham all named in today’s Blue Flag list.

As well as the six Blue Flags, the beach at Wells, which is owned by the Holkham Estate but jointly managed by NNDC and the RNLI, has won a Seaside Award

The awards recognise the top tier of English beaches and are given out only to those sites that have the highest quality of water, facilities, environmental education and management, with superb levels of cleanliness and safety.

Cllr John Lee, Leader of North Norfolk District Council and the Conservative Group, said: “We are really proud to have retained our six blue flags in North Norfolk. It's recognition of all the hard work put in by various agencies and voluntary groups.

“Furthermore we are delighted we've been chosen to host this national event and welcome our fellow coastal authorities to the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at North Norfolk District Council, said: “I’m delighted my own ward, The Runtons, has again been awarded two Blue Flags. Well done to all involved in North Norfolk and beyond.”

Cllr Nick Coppack, Leader of the Independent Group at North Norfolk District Council, said: “Congratulations again to North Norfolk’s stunning beaches for retaining their place in these prestigious national awards. I’m also so pleased that the awards will be held at Cromer Pier, an iconic British seaside landmark.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:  “The success of the 148 beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded by both awards is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches – from beach managers and volunteers to local people and businesses.

“When you enjoy a trip to a beach flying an international Blue Flag or Seaside Award, you know you are on one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.”

Last updated: 17th May 2018