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Monday, 01 September 2014

Two beaches praised in awards

TWO South Copeland beaches have retained their Quality Coast status for a third consecutive year.

Beaches at Haverigg and Silecroft received the Quality Coast Awards, in recognition of the cleanliness and quality of amenities on offer to visitors.

Copeland picked up four out of the eight awards, run by Keep Britain Tidy, handed out in the North West. The other two Copeland beaches to be recognised are at St Bees and Seascale.

Mark Holroyd, South Copeland Tourism Development officer, said the beaches were among the area’s best assets, adding: “It is absolutely fantastic news.

“Silecroft is the only bathing beach within the Lake District National Park, wild and unspoilt with a stunning backdrop of Black Combe. It is great for sports like kite surfing, sea angling, horse riding and sea kayaking.

“Haverigg is a great family beach with good facilities, nature reserves and wildlife. Both are well used, as we saw at this weekend’s KiteFest.

“We congratulate everyone who is involved in keeping our beaches clean and tidy.”

Councillor Doug Wilson, chairman of the Haverigg Beach Buddies, who help to maintain the beach, said: “I’m very happy the beach has got the award. People will refer to tourist information and look for beaches that carry the award. It benefits everybody.”

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that the North West of England has eight Quality Coast Award beaches this year.’’

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