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Blackpool wins Blue Flag Beach award

Blackpool beach has been labelled amongst some of the best in the world after being awarded its first ever Blue Flag.

The stretch of beach at Blackpool South made the list for Blue Flag status after being classed as having 'Excellent' sea water quality by the Environment Agency last year.

It's a huge accolade for the town, following years of investment in wastewater treatment and improved facilities, which will boost tourism and the local economy.

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