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Suffolk beaches including Felixstowe and Southwold win Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for summer 2022



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Beaches in Suffolk have been named amongst the best of Britain as the winners of the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for summer 2022 have been announced.

The awards recognises the best beaches in the country, with 15 beaches in the East of England region having met the required standard for a flag and 20 beaches being awarded a Seaside Award.

This comes as Blue Flag, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Southwold Pier
Southwold Pier

Proudly flying Blue Flags this summer will be Felixstowe South and Pier and Southwold.

Both towns are popular with visitors and holidaymakers and have sand and shingle beaches, beach huts and traditional amusement arcades.

Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism said: “We have outstanding beaches in East Suffolk which are hugely popular with residents and visitors and so we are delighted to once again receive these prestigious awards which reflect the quality and cleanliness of our coastline.

Celebrating Southwold's Blue Flag award are Cllrs Letitia Smith (East Suffolk), Will Windell (Mayor of Southwold), Simon Flunder (Southwold Town Council) and David Beavan (Southwold and East Suffolk). Credit: East Suffolk Council
Celebrating Southwold's Blue Flag award are Cllrs Letitia Smith (East Suffolk), Will Windell (Mayor of Southwold), Simon Flunder (Southwold Town Council) and David Beavan (Southwold and East Suffolk). Credit: East Suffolk Council

"Anyone visiting East Suffolk’s beaches this summer can be sure they are visiting one of the best in the country.”

Also receiving Blue Flag awards in the East of England are Cromer, Sheringham and East Runton in Norfolk, Shoebury Common and Thorpe Bay in Southend-on-Sea and Brightlingsea in Tendring.

Felixstowe seafront
Felixstowe seafront

Amongst the 20 beaches in the region awarded the Seaside Award, Felixstowe and Southwold were again mentioned.

Lowestoft South of Claremont Pier and Kessingland have also been named winners of the award.

Cllr Mark Jepson, Mayor of Felixstowe said: “We are delighted to announce that Felixstowe has once again been recognised as one of the country’s best beaches."

Celebrating Felixstowe's Blue Flag award are Cllr Seamus Bennett (Felixstowe Town Council), Cllr Mike Deacon (Felixstowe and East Suffolk) and Cllr Steve Wiles (Felixstowe and East Suffolk). Credit: Felixstowe Town Council
Celebrating Felixstowe's Blue Flag award are Cllr Seamus Bennett (Felixstowe Town Council), Cllr Mike Deacon (Felixstowe and East Suffolk) and Cllr Steve Wiles (Felixstowe and East Suffolk). Credit: Felixstowe Town Council

"It was a great team effort to achieve these awards and thanks must go to Felixstowe Town Council and East Suffolk Council as well as the army of volunteer litter-pickers who play a huge part in keeping the beach clean," he added.

"We urge anyone visiting our fantastic beach to leave the beach as they find it, respect our resort, and dispose of litter appropriately.”

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “The success of these East Suffolk beaches in reaching the very high standards demanded is testament to all those who have worked so hard to protect and improve our blue spaces – from beach managers and volunteers to local residents and businesses.

"The huge commitment needed to maintain marvellous beaches worthy of these awards cannot be underestimated.

Lowestoft Beach. Picture: Mark Westley
Lowestoft Beach. Picture: Mark Westley

“People who visit a beach flying a Blue Flag or Seaside Award can be assured the beach will be clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as international bathing water quality standards.”

The Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are aimed at improving the quality of England’s coastline and promoting the country’s best beaches.

The Blue Flag award is only presented to well-managed beaches with excellent water quality and environmental education programmes, while Seaside Awards are presented to the best beaches in England and celebrate the quality and diversity of our coastline.

Among the criteria beaches are assessed against are:

  • Safety and services, such as first aid, lifeguards where necessary.
  • Environmental information including displaying details about local eco systems.
  • Water quality – Blue Flag beaches must meet the ‘excellent’ water quality standard as set out in the EU bathing water directive and Seaside Award winners must meet the 'sufficient’ standard.
  • Environmental management, including litter and waste.