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VIDEO: The Cornish beaches given Blue Flags

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3:50pm 17th May 2018
(Updated 3:50pm 17th May 2018)

Eight beaches in Cornwall given coveted Blue Flag status

Cornwall has more of the cleanest beaches than anywhere else in the country.

The Duchy has been given eight Blue Flags from Keep Britain Tidy, along with 14 Seaside Awards.

They are handed out for cleanliness, safety and for meeting the highest environmental and bathing standards.

Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Widemouth Bay near Bude and Porthmeor in St Ives are among them.

Scroll down to read the full list of awarded Blue Flags and Seaside Awards.

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Gylly Beach in Falmouth

Allison Odgen-Newton from Keep Britain Tidy said: "We've got over a third of Britain's bathing beaches who've achieved an award which I think is fantastic.

"It shows that an awful lot of effort is going into this and that is important; it's important for everyone.

"It's important for the environment because where the standard is being flown, we know that litter and dog fouling and plastics and facilities are all of a standard and that's fantastic, particularly on the clean water front".

However, it comes as the charity reveals four out of five parents are put-off taking their children to the beach because of rubbish and plastic.

Allison added: "On the one hand, we were all very disappointed with how some of the public behaved over the bank holiday weekend leaving so much rubbish behind on beaches. On the other hand, we need to congratulate ourselves that there are an awful lot of people out there making a big difference and doing the right thing".

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Porthtowan Beach

Porthtowan beach has won both the Blue Flag Award and the Seaside Award, run by Keep Britain Tidy, for the FOURTH consecutive year.

To celebrate the announcement the whole community will come together in a special event in Porthtowan on Saturday 19th May. 

The event will begin at 11 am, with a community beach clean and then the RNLI lifeboat will bring the Blue Flag into the beach at mid-day and the flag will then be relayed up the beach.

This year, the flag will be raised by the Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, Malcolm Bell, who has celebrated Porthtowan’s achievements on several occasions.

There will also be an environmental awareness exhibition at the Blue Bar and various groups, including St Agnes Marine Conservation Group, British Divers Marine Life Rescue,  Cornwall Seal Group, Plastic Free Coast Lines, Final Straw, Niki Willows Outside and Little Pirates.

All the award applications have been funded by Sharps Brewery with Cornwall Council co-ordinating the application process, and the work required to make sure that the beaches reach the exacting standards required to win made possible through the efforts of community groups, beach champions and local businesses.

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Polzeath Beach

The Chairman of Porthtowan Beach Association, John Barrow said: “I am absolutely delighted, that for the fouth year running, Porthtowan has shown it is amongst the best beaches in Europe and it is brilliant that the whole community, with support from sponsors and Cornwall Council, has worked so well together to win this award".

Which Cornish beaches have Blue Flags?

Gyllynvase beach in Falmouth, Carbis Bay, Porthmeor in St Ives, Great Western beach in Newquay, Polzeath in north Cornwall, Trevone Bay near Padstow and Widemouth Bay near Bude. Only Porthminster in St Ives lost its Blue Flag status.

Which Cornish beaches have Seaside Awards?

Carbis Bay, Gyllyngvase in Falmouth, Great Western in Newquay, Perranporth, Polzeath, Porth, Porthtowan Porthmeor in St Ives, Porthminster in St Ives, Sennen Cove, Trevone Bay near Padstow, Crooklets and Summerleaze in Bude and Widemouth Bay.

When you watch this - it is not hard to see why Cornwall has the most Blue Flag beaches...

3:50pm 17th May 2018

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