Beaches fly their flags

Joseph Bulmer

Four celebrate Blue Flag status but there’s a double honour for Westward Ho!

THE beach at Westward Ho! has retained its Blue Flag award.

The beach won the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign beach cleanliness award for the eighth year running and also achieved a Quality Coast Award for 2011.

Wooloacombe, Croyde and Tunnels beaches in Ilfracombe also retained their Blue Flags but there was bad news for Combe Martin, which lost the Quality Coast Award it won last year.

In the South West, 29 beaches were awarded Blue Flags and 23 were given Quality Coast Awards.

Westward Ho! was one of only eight beaches in the region to have won both this year.

Lead member for Tourism Councillor Roger Johnson said: “To receive this nationwide award of excellence shows Westward Ho! is clean, safe, easily accessible and a great place to come on holiday. It is a wonderful stretch of sand which attracts many, many visitors and locals each year.”

The award is also designed to recognise the diversity of the nation’s coastline, as well as boost domestic tourist numbers, and Westward Ho! has met stringent criteria.

Ward member for Westward Ho! Councillor Roger Tisdale, said, “I’m delighted that Westward Ho! has received the Blue Flag Award recognising all the hard work done by everybody committed to making our beach a venue we can all be proud of. To have received this award eight years in a row is a considerable achievement.”