Bournemouth beaches receive seaside awards

image captionDorset tourism bosses say Bournemouth's sandy beaches can rival foreign locations

Six coastal areas in Bournemouth have been given major awards to recognise high standards and water quality.

Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Fisherman's Walk and Southbourne Beach have been given the coveted Blue Flag status.

Bournemouth Pier Beach and Boscombe Pier Beach have been given Quality Coast awards.

The Blue Flag is given for the highest standards of water quality, safety, and cleanliness. The Quality Coast award is given for facilities and cleanliness.

Campaign group Keep Britain Tidy is responsible for the Blue Flag scheme in England and the Quality Coast Awards.

Bournemouth borough council's director of tourism Mark Smith said: "These awards have come at a great time, especially as many UK residents are choosing to holiday at home this year.

"With its excellent reputation and host of year-round activities, Bournemouth provides the perfect 'staycation'".

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