Essex

Southend beaches are awarded five Blue Flags

Southend beach
Image caption Beaches at Clacton, Brightlingsea and Dovercourt also retained their flags

Five beaches in Southend in Essex have been recognised for their water quality, safety and cleanliness.

East Beach at Shoeburyness, Shoebury Common beach, Chalkwell, Jubilee and Three Shells beaches all received Blue Flags.

With one less than Torbay, it makes Southend the second cleanest resort in England, according to Keep Britain Tidy who administers the awards

Beaches at Clacton, Brightlingsea and Dovercourt also retained their flags.

The beaches must also show high standards of environmental education and information, such as clear signs and beach-related activities and events.

They must also have clean and accessible toilets.

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: "The continuing high standards of these beaches are testament to the hard work carried out by the beach managers throughout the year in order to provide clean and safe beaches for everyone to enjoy, whether you live on the coast or are a visitor to the area."

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