WEYMOUTH'S golden sands have once again been recognised with a prestigious Blue Flag award.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has announced that Weymouth Beach is one of 76 beaches in England to have won a coveted Blue Flag and Seaside Award for 2021.

The Blue Flag and Seaside Award recognises Weymouth Beach as one of the safest, cleanest and very best in the country.

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To be considered for the awards, beaches must meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

Announcing the win, Weymouth Town Council, the authority responsible for the beach, is thanking the community for helping to care for the town's environment.

The joint efforts of the beach management team, RNLI lifeguards, Dorset Waste Services and local people are vital in helping to keep the Blue Flag flying.

Mayor of Weymouth councillor Colin Huckle said: "The beach is an important part of Weymouth residents' lives for leisure, rest and recreation.

"It is wonderful to be part of a community where the residents are as passionate as we are about the beach and environment.

"Over a million visitors return to Weymouth every year to enjoy our coastline and by gaining these awards, Weymouth Beach is shown to be among the best in the country.

“I am especially thankful to our dedicated Beach Management team and partners who work together to ensure Weymouth Beach is a safe and enjoyable place to be.

“Weymouth Town Council is committed to making sure that this continues for many years to come.”

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The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a non-governmental and non-profit organisation, launched the Blue Flag programme in 1987.

Keep Britain Tidy administers the scheme in England. To be awarded a Blue Flag, beaches must comply with a number of criteria covering environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.