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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2007, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Region celebrating beach awards
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay appears in the list for the first time
Twenty five of the South West's best beaches have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag Award.

In Cornwall nine beaches have won including Porthmeor, Sennen Cove, Porthminster and Porthtowan.

Sixteen beaches in Devon have been awarded the flags including Sandy Bay at Exmouth which has received the prestigious award for the first time.

Staff at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park, which manages the beach, said it was a "fantastic achievement".

'Top notch facilities'

The beach lies in a sheltered bay at the foot of east Devon's red sandstone cliffs and holiday park staff carry out daily litter sweeps as well as deep cleans several times during the season.

Joan Thomas from the park said: "This is a fantastic achievement and will give holidaymakers all the reassurance they need that Sandy Bay is of the highest standard in terms of water-quality, safety and facilities."

Joining Sandy Bay for the first time on the Devon list are Bantham and Salcombe South Sands while Goodrington South Sands returns to the list.

Preston Beach, which made the list last year, has not made it back in this time.

In Cornwall, Crooklets is a new entry to the list.

The Blue Flag is only awarded to resorts which have good access, top notch facilities, litter-free sand and clean sea water.

Tim Stokes, South West director of Encams - the independent charity behind the Keep Britain Tidy campaign - said: "The awards have been running for 20 years now and this year it's great to see beaches that have never received a flag before getting some recognition."

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