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Sheerness beach, Sheppey hoists blue flag from Keep Britain Tidy

By Emma Grove

A Blue Flag is now flying in Sheerness – showing visitors just how good the beach is.

The beach was awarded the 2014 accolade in May by Keep Britain Tidy to recognise the facilities, cleanliness and water quality.

Seafronts in Leysdown and Minster also retained their Seaside Award status this year, which means they have achieved the highest standards of beach management.

Users and council workers celebrating the Sheerness blue flag with Mayor and Mayoress of Swale, Cllr George and Brenda Bobbin

A ceremony took place in Sheerness on Wednesday, and the flag was raised by Mayor of Swale Cllr George Bobbin.

Swale council’s seafront officer Ian Arnell, his team of beach cleaners and Kent County Council and Swale environment wardens also attended.

The ceremony was followed by a reception to celebrate all the achievements at the Abbey Hotel in Minster.

Two-year-old Jaimi Oliver enjoying the clean beach at the Sheerness flag raising ceremony

The flag will be flying until the end of the season in September, and it is hoped all the beaches will receive the status next year.

Mr Arnell said: “We are proud to see the flag flying up there now.

“It’s a nice reminder of the good work of the teams, and it’s a positive thing for the Island as well.”

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