Cornwall

Mystery donor funds Gyllyngvase Beach Blue Flag bid

Gyllyngvase Beach
Image caption Gyllyngvase Beach is Falmouth's largest beach

A mystery donor has given hundreds of pounds to help a Cornish beach apply for Blue Flag status after council funding was withdrawn.

More than £800 has been given to fund the application for Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth, which was awarded the status from 2003 to 2013.

Blue Flag is a Keep Britain Tidy award for beaches with the highest standards.

Cornwall Council withdrew the funding as part of budget cuts to save nearly £200m between 2015-2019.

'Mark of excellence'

Mark Williams, Falmouth town clerk, said: "We are now in a position to make our own application."

He said the status was important for residents who "take pride in the fact a local beach has this accreditation".

Image caption In 2014 tourism bosses said Gyllyngvase Beach missed out on its Blue Flag bid because of council staffing issues

Mark Agnew, manager of Gylly Beach Cafe, said: "I think for tourists it's a mark of excellence, it's a guidance to the water quality and it's something we want to keep."

In 2014, tourism bosses claimed a "slip-up" meant Gyllyngvase - which is Falmouth's largest beach - was one of three Cornwall Council-owned beaches not to get Blue Flags after bids were not submitted because of staffing issues.

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