Lincolnshire

Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea keep Blue Flags

Mablethorpe beach
Image caption Keep Britain Tidy said the honour helped attract visitors to beaches like Mablethorpe

Three beaches in Lincolnshire have retained their Blue Flag status for water quality, safety and cleanliness.

Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton-on-Sea were awarded the honour by anti-litter organisation Keep Britain Tidy.

Blue flags were given to 79 beaches in England - nine more than were handed out last year.

The three beaches were also awarded Quality Coast status which recognises the facilities and cleanliness of the beach front.

East Lindsey District Council's Craig Leyland said: "Both awards are about quality and this places our coast as one of the best for cleanliness and a good visitor experience.

"We must continue to build on this success."

Arwyn Jones, from Keep Britain Tidy, said: "We're consistently told by local authorities which hold these awards that, without a doubt, it does attract more tourism because people look to it as a real mark of excellence."

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