Coldingham one of only eight beaches in Scotland to fly the coveted Blue Flag

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FOR the third year in a row, Coldingham has been given the coveted internationally-acclaimed Blue Flag for 2012 by the country’s leading charity for the environment, Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The beach will also proudly fly the Resort Seaside Award flag – which it has done since 2007. These awards, given annually, recognise high standards of cleanliness, safety, and water quality.

Derek Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Chief Executive, said: “With an increasing number of people choosing to take their holidays at home in Scotland, there has never been a better time to enjoy your local Scottish Borders beach.

“The Seaside & Blue Flag Awards highlight that this beach is an important resource to the local economy and that it is your beach to enjoy.

“Coldingham is one of eight beaches across Scotland to be awarded the Blue Flag, and one of 61 to be awarded the Seaside Award Flag, and there is something for everyone amongst this year’s winners - from large beaches with lifeguarded swimming areas and bustling promenades, to secluded bays which are havens for wildlife, and windswept beaches perfect for wind & kite surfing.”

“I am delighted to award Coldingham the Blue Flag again this year, as it joins Blue Flag beaches from 46 countries across the world, and would like to pay tribute to all the hard work that goes in to achieving and keeping these awards by Scottish Borders Council and the local community. I would encourage everyone, particularly in this economic climate, to make use of the fantastic beaches we have around the Scottish coast this summer”.

The Scottish bathing water season begins tomorrow, June 1 and runs until September 15. During thhat period the Scottish Environment Protection Agency will regularly monitor water quality at all of Scotland’s beaches. In recent years this has led to warnings being given to visitors to Eyemouth beach while Coldingham and St Abbs have been rated highly.