Favourite beaches are praised for quality of water

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BEACHES loved by South Yorkshire people have today been praised for their excellent water quality.

The sites – including traditional favourites Skegness, Ingoldmells and Bridlington – feature in the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Beach Guide.

Matt Harris, of Hillsborough, used to visit Skegness as a child.

The 34-year-old said: “It’s great you can get to a beach from Sheffield and it’s good when you get there – otherwise it would be a bit of a disappointment.”

Today is the launch of the silver anniversary edition of the guide.

It recommends 516 out of 754 UK bathing beaches tested last summer, the best figure in its history.

Rachel Wyatt, society coastal pollution officer, said: “This is a milestone for coastal resorts to be proud of and shows the impact of the guide over the last 25 years.

“However, this summer will see the first samples taken under the revised bathing water directive which will replace the current standards with more stringent ones from 2015.

“It’s important local authorities, water companies and environmental regulators don’t become complacent and take their collective feet off the pedal of continued environmental improvements.”

Beaches celebrated include Skegness, Ingoldmells South, Mablethorpe Town, Cleethorpes, Skipsea, Bridlington north, Filey, Scarborough North Bay, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby.