Award glory for St Annes Pier Beach

The beach at St Annes Pier has been named among the winners of the national Seaside Award.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 10:03 pm

Keep Britain Tidy have announced the winners of the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Awards with 11 beaches in the North West being awarded the Seaside Award.

These included: St Annes Pier; Ferry Beach and Marine Beach in Fleetwood; Jubilee Beach in Cleveleys; Rossall Beach; Bispham; Blackpool North, Central and South; and Morecambe

North and South.

The beach at St Annes Pier
The beach at St Annes Pier

Fylde Council today paid tribute to the amazing efforts of local volunteers and council teams after being awarded the prestigious honour.

Coun Michael Sayward, chairman of Fylde Council’s Tourism and Leisure Committee, said the accolade was a great start to the summer season.

He said: “The Seaside Awards celebrate the diversity and quality of our coastlines and are presented to the best beaches in England.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have received a Seaside Award for the beach at St Annes Pier.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and commitment of local volunteers, community groups and our council teams who work relentlessly to make Fylde that bit more

fabulous.

“As we look forward to long sunny days at the beach, everyone can enjoy this amazing space being safe in the knowledge that the area meets high standards on water quality,

environmental management and safety.”

Zephie Begolo, communications and engagement manager for the Turning Tides Partnership, said: “We are delighted to see so many of the beaches in the North West achieve these

prestigious awards.

"This shows that our beaches are among some of the best in the world, thanks to the hard work of our partners and our wonderful volunteers who work so hard to keep

our beaches clean and safe.”

This year, England can boast 76 Blue Flag beaches, more than Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Mexico or South Africa. In addition, 132 beaches have received a Seaside Award.

Every single one of them is on the ‘green list’ for this summer, proving that you don’t need to jet off to Europe or even further afield to visit some of the best beaches in the world – they’re

right here on our doorstep!

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “This year, more than ever, we are going to be relying on our country’s beautiful beaches to escape for a much-needed

break after all the stresses and strains of the past year.

“Last year, due to the pandemic, we did not have the opportunity to celebrate all the great award-winning beaches around the coast so this year we are delighted to have even more

winners than we did in 2019, thanks to the incredible work of the teams around the country that make our beaches clean and safe for us all to enjoy.”