In eastern England, 15 beaches have received Blue Flag awards and 20 seaside awards.
In Norfolk, Cromer, Sea Palling, Sheringham, Mundesley, East Runton and West Runton all retained their Blue Flag ratings while Hunstanton Main received a seaside award.
The Blue Flag is an international quality mark for beaches, which is only awarded to coastal destinations that offer the best quality water, facilities, safety, education and environmental management.
The Seaside Award, officially known as the Quality Coast Award, is a national standard for the best beaches in the UK.
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Among the list of beaches in the region that will retain its Blue Flag status is Sea Palling, which was named one of the UK’s Top Ten Blue Flag Beaches of 2019 by Condé Nast Traveler.
Many beaches along the north Norfolk coast are expected to see an increase in visitor numbers this summer as people choose to stay rather than vacation abroad.
Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, Managing Director of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “This year, more than ever, we will be relying on the beautiful beaches of our country to escape for a well-deserved break from all the stresses and strains of the last year. .
“From environmental education for the community and responsible use of beaches, to cleaning regimes and the growing number of recycling facilities, it’s a full-time commitment to creating beaches worthy of these awards. .
Ms Ogden-Newton said that due to the pandemic it had not been possible to celebrate the number of award-winning beaches around the UK coastline and was happy to see an increase in the number of Blue Flag beaches compared to the figures of 2019.
She said: “As we all plan our 2021 vacations much closer to home, thanks to the Blue Flag and Seaside Award, those who choose to spend their vacations in the east of England near one of its Award-winning beaches can be assured that it will be clean and safe and meet the highest standards for water quality and management. “