Dorset has some of the best beaches in the world – officially.

Keep Britain Tidy has announced the results of the annual Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards which were awarded to 44 beaches across Dorset along with Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Bournemouth gained six accolades – four Blue Flags, two Quality Coast Awards – and Poole beaches took four Blue Flags.

England is ranked in the world’s top 10 countries for having the most Blue Flag beaches out of 46 countries taking part in the scheme.

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Blue Flag scheme in England and the Quality Coast Awards, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that England has more Blue Flag beaches this year and we urge more holidaymakers to take advantage of the South West’s award-winning seaside resorts this summer.

“The continuing high standards of our beaches are testament to the hard work carried out by beach managers throughout the year in order to provide clean and safe beaches for everyone to enjoy, whether you live on the coast or are a visitor.”

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