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North Norfolk to host national Blue Flag awards ceremony

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North Norfolk to host national Blue Flag awards ceremony

The annual awards ceremony which sees Keep Britain Tidy hand out Blue Flags and Seaside Awards to local authorities will be held in Cromer in May.

Last year 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.

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.

The awards will be hosted on Cromer Pier on May 17th. The suggestion that Cromer could host the event was made during last year’s Blue Flag ceremony, which was held in Bournemouth.

Cllr John Lee, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “The Blue Flag is the quality mark for our beaches and they mean that those visiting them can be sure that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards. “I’m delighted that Cromer will host the Keep Britain Tidy awards event.”

Cllr Becky Palmer, Cabinet Member for Leisure & Culture, said: “The fact that winners from around the country will visit Cromer is a reflection of the high standards delivered across North Norfolk’s beaches.”

Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, said: “Every year the launch of our Blue Flag and Seaside Awards is a chance to celebrate the fantastic beaches around our coastline that are so loved by locals and the millions of tourists who visit them each year. We are delighted to be holding this year’s celebration event in Cromer and would like to thank North Norfolk District Council for hosting it.”

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