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Newbiggin beaches given top water quality rating

TWO beaches in Newbiggin receive a top rating today in a national guide which directs visitors to the best seaside locations.

Daniel and Rebecca Goddard, on holiday from Sheffield, enjoying Newbiggin Beach

TWO beaches in Newbiggin receive a top rating today in a national guide which directs visitors to the best seaside locations.

In the latest edition of the Good Beach Guide, launched today by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), eleven beaches in Northumberland are recommended as having excellent bathing water quality.

The beaches are Newbiggin South; Newbiggin North; Druridge Bay North adjacent to the bay’s visitor centre; Druridge Bay South near Cresswell; Amble Links; Warkworth; Low Newton; Beadnell Bay; Seahouses North; Bamburgh Castle; and Spittal near Berwick.

Six beaches in Tyne and Wear and three in County Durham were also recommended.

Recommended is the MSC’s top standard. The next tier is guideline, where European Guideline standard for good water quality was achieved. Seaton Sluice was rated at this level.

A Basic Pass is where the European standard for minimum water quality was met, and Blyth South Beach fell into this category.

Alistair Baker, spokesman for Northumbrian Water, said: “The North East has some of the best and most beautiful beaches in Britain and over the last 20 years we have invested around a billion pounds to bring massive improvements to our coast and rivers.

“We are delighted that most of our beaches are recommended, having reached the highest standards, but we are not complacent and will do all we can to improve standards still further.”

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