Beach wins top award

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COUNCIL bosses are celebrating after a beach won a top accolade for the third year running.

The main beach at Seaton Carew has been awarded the prestigious Quality Coast Award by Keep Britain Tidy.

Hartlepool Borough Council chiefs say they are delighted by the accolade as it acknowledges the hard work done by the council’s parks and countryside, lifeguard and cleansing teams throughout the year.

Council bosses say Seaton Carew’s beach is cleaned every day and is patrolled by lifeguards during the spring and summer weekends and school holidays.

Councillor Hilary Thompson, the council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, welcomed the award, which is granted to beaches which achieve the highest standards in terms of condition and management.

Coun Thompson said: “We are delighted to receive this important quality award for the third year in a row.

“It acknowledges the hard work done by the council’s parks and countryside, lifeguard and cleansing teams throughout the year to keep Seaton Carew beach a clean, attractive and safe place for people of all ages to enjoy.

“I congratulate them on this excellent achievement.”

Bosses at Keep Britain Tidy say beaches nationwide are wonderful places to visit and urged holiday-makers to enjoy coastal areas like Seaton Carew.

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, added: “Traditional beach holidays in this country were always centred on our seaside resorts and we urge holiday-makers to rekindle their passion for the wonderful coastline and resorts throughout the North-East.

“Our beaches are wonderful places to visit and that’s official.”