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Isle of Wight top of region for quality beaches

Tue 10 May 2011

Isle of Wight top of region for quality beaches

The Isle of Wight has held on to its crown as having the best beaches in the south-east of the country.

Shanklin, Sandown and Ventnor beaches have all retained their Blue Flag status, which has been revealed by Keep Britain Tidy.

Colwell, Cowes, East Cowes, Gurnard, Seagrove, Springvale, Totland and Yaverland have also been recognised for their sandy stretches, which George Brown, Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for tourism, welcomed.

He said: "This is very good news for the island and I am sure potential visitors and holidaymakers will be very impressed by the sheer number of awards."

Isle of Wight Council deputy director for economy, tourism and leisure John Metcalfe added that the quality of the Isle of Wight's beaches is due to a community effort.

Ventnor's beach is one of the most popular on the island and is ideal for families, while it is sheltered from the high cliffs on which the town is built.

Posted by Jon Noble ADNFCR-3083-ID-800525857-ADNFCR

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