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Blue Award AGAIN in Eastbourne
The Blue Flag Award in Eastbourne for the Third consequtive year
Eastbourne in Third Year of Blue Flag Success

15 May 2006

It has been announced today that Eastbourne has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for the third consecutive year.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin says "I am delighted that Eastbourne will be flying the Blue Flag for the third year in a row. As the UK's premiere seaside resort, we work hard throughout the year to maintain the seafront to a high standard from cosmetic improvements and daily beach cleaning, to a safe and family friendly approach with Kidzone wristband scheme and beach lifeguard team.

To top it all we now have two areas of decking on the beach offering al fresco dining, the installation of new environmentally friendly seafront recycling bins, over £2 million spent on children's seafront attractions and following a winter makeover the Bandstand now sports new lighting and a beautiful new gleam to its roof."

According to ENCMAS the Blue Flag is only awarded to resorts that have "good access, top-notch facilities, litter-free beaches and clean sea-water."

The Blue Flag has been awarded for Eastbourne's main resort beach from the Pier to the Wish Tower and is one of 17 awards throughout the South East.

Blue Flag Director for the South East, Angela Howard says: “British people make nearly 300 million trips to their coast each year and are increasingly attracted to Blue Flag beaches because they are cleaner with better facilities."

Tom Wright, Chief Executive of national tourism agency VisitBritain says: “It’s easy to forget that the British Isles are surrounded by miles of award-winning coastline. And that, despite competition from rival “sun, sea and sand” destinations, millions of us head to British beaches throughout the year. The sheer variety of our beaches is a major appeal for visitors – whether it’s gorgeous stretches of sand or pebbly shores for fossil-hunting, both are ideal for time-off with the kids or groups of friends."

The Blue Flag is organised by FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) and administered in England by ENCAMS.
18 May, 2006

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