Oh we do like to be beside the (award-winning) Cleethorpes seaside

You’ll have probably already seen the news that Cleethorpes has a Blue Flag beach once again. This is great news for the resort, but it’s also a testament to the hard work of many local partner organisations and many, many volunteers.

VANEL, our IGNITE team, and many local volunteers organised through our projects have all played a part in this. Through various litter picks and events at the beach we’ve helped contribute to the beach tidiness. You’ll not be surprised about VANEL’s involvement if you’ve watched our support for various environmental issues over the past few years including our IGNITE led Pipes Away project, our litter picks and river cleans, our association with Anglian Water, our support for World Oceans Day and more. We’ve very pleased that this helps in some way to getting the blue flag back to Cleethorpes beach.

We’re not claiming full responsibility of course – it’s been a huge local effort from everyone. So here’s IGNITE team leader Jenny Hodson at the press shoot for the blue flag. Read on for the full press release.

The Blue Flag is flying high once again in Cleethorpes as the resort’s Central beach, from Wonderland through to the leisure centre, has secured the prestigious international award for water quality.

Cleethorpes Central beach joins the country’s very best beaches, from popular holiday spots to quiet, more hidden-away spots. What unites them all is knowing that they are clean, safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough international bathing water quality standards.

In addition to securing the 2019 Blue Flag status, Cleethorpes has also achieved two Seaside Awards for beaches beyond the leisure centre and at Humberston Fitties for their fantastic facilities and cleanliness.

This year environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is presenting 208 awards to England’s very best beaches, including 71 international Blue Flags and 137 Seaside Awards, with 52 beaches achieving both awards.

Along with our year-round projects to protect beaches and waterways, and working with the community to keep the beach clean, today’s announcement is part of our ongoing commitment to make sure Cleethorpes stays as one of the best beaches in the UK for everyone to enjoy.

Cllr Callum Procter, new Cabinet member for tourism said: “I am delighted with the news that Cleethorpes has once again been given this prestigious award. It reflects the hard work and dedication of staff to maintain consistently high standards.

“The award act as a guarantee to tourists that the beach they are visiting meets international water quality tests and that the facilities are well managed safe and welcoming.”

He added: “I would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who has worked hard to help us achieve these awards. So many community groups and council departments contribute, along with the many facilities in and around the resort that make it such a pleasant place to visit.

“One of our aims as council is to increase visitor numbers to Cleethorpes and this prestigious award can only strengthen this objective .”

Download the complete press release here.

For further information about IGNITE and environmental project work or how to volunteer, please contact Jenny Hodson via ignite@vanel.org.uk or 01472 315437.

Also see the story in the Grimsby Telegraph here.