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Beautiful beaches are flagged up.

TORBAY and the Isle of Wight led the way when it comes to swimming in clean sea, a survey of English beaches has found.

The coastal resort areas were each awarded 14 Blue Flags and Quality Coast Awards (QCAs) for 2010 by anti-litter campaign group Keep Britain Tidy.

In all, 150 beaches across England were recognised for their high quality environment and facilities.

This year saw 111 beaches awarded the title compared with 113 in 2009. Of those recognised this year, 32 beaches received both the Blue Flag and a QCA.

Heading up the list was Torbay with four Blue Flags and 10 QCAs and the Isle of Wight with three Blue Flags and 11 QCAs. Other highly placed coastal resorts included Scarborough and Thanet, pulling in 11 and 10 awards respectively.

Northern regions saw a marked upswing in beaches included on the list. In the North East the number of Blue Flags nearly doubled, while Cumbria helped boost the figures for the North West, receiving four QCAs in Copeland.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:May 18, 2010
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