A Hartlepool beach has been recognised as one of the best in the world after scooping a top award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.
Seaton Carew beach has once again been granted a Seaside Award which is only given to English beaches which meet the very highest standards of cleanliness and facilities.
The award looks for beaches which have safe access; provide information points; first aid facilities and encourage responsible dog ownership.
The beach which is cleaned every day, is patrolled by lifeguards on weekends, bank holidays and school summer holidays during the spring and summer months to ensure it is safe for visitors.
Paul Todd, Keep Britain Tidy’s Coastal Award Manager, said: “As an environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy is committed to improving the quality of the places where people live, work and holiday and these winners have proved their commitment to providing the best possible beaches for locals and visitors alike.
“Visitors can be sure, if they visit a Seaside Award-winning beach, they are visiting one of the best beaches in the world.”
Coun Marjorie James, Chair of Hartlepool Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee, added: “This lovely stretch of golden beach is one of the town’s best assets and it’s free for everyone to use.
“A lot of hard work is done throughout the year by the council’s staff to keep the beach an attractive, clean, safe place for people to enjoy, so we are very proud that it has once again earned this top accolade.”