Coldingham Bay remains award winning beach

03/06/2013,  TSPL, Scotsman, News, First RNLI Lifeguards in Scotland to start patrolling Coldingham Sands. Run on behalf of the Scottish Borders Council . the RNLI will see two lifeguards patrolling and stationed in a hut on the beach, the lifeguards will be equipped with the latest water rescue and casualty care equipment, including rescue tubes, spinal boards and defibrillators.Lifeguard Giordano Ceccarelli runs into the sea.   Pic Ian Rutherford
03/06/2013, TSPL, Scotsman, News, First RNLI Lifeguards in Scotland to start patrolling Coldingham Sands. Run on behalf of the Scottish Borders Council . the RNLI will see two lifeguards patrolling and stationed in a hut on the beach, the lifeguards will be equipped with the latest water rescue and casualty care equipment, including rescue tubes, spinal boards and defibrillators.Lifeguard Giordano Ceccarelli runs into the sea. Pic Ian Rutherford

Coldingham Bay is maintaining its impressive record of being included in the Keep Scotland Beautiful Scottish Seaside Awards.

It has been an award winner every year since 2007 and continues to be an award winner in 2015.

The news comes as beaches prepare to welcome visitors for the busy summer season which started on Monday, June 1, and this year monitoring of the bathing water is stricter than ever.

In previous years bathing water standards were referred to as guideline, mandatory or fail; this year they will be in an excellent, good, sufficient or poor class - based on the four year data set and using tighter performance criteria, as standardised across the EU.

Staff from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) will collect samples from beaches around the coastline between now and the end of the season on September 15.

Electronic message signs will display live water quality predictions at 23 locations, including Eyemouth, ensuring beach visitors know if bathing is not advised.

Derek Robertson, chief executive of Keep Scotland Beautiful, who run the Seaside Awards said: “Beaches are an important asset to communities and their economies. It is vital that our coastlines are maintained to the highest standards to continue to attract visitors from near and far.

“From bustling promenades to secluded bays, our beaches have something for everyone to enjoy.

“It is greatly encouraging that such high standards being kept throughout Scotland.”