BOURNEMOUTH saw off competition from Blackpool, Great Yarmouth and Weymouth to scoop the title of Best UK Resort at an awards ceremony in Bournemouth last night.

The resort was awarded the accolade by readers of leading travel title Group Leisure magazine.

Active travel organisers from sports and social clubs, retired associations, special interest societies and other groups voted for their favourites in 21 different categories, including UK resort, UK city, airline and international destination.

Cllr Rod Cooper, tourism, leisure and culture portfolio holder at Bournemouth council, said: “On behalf of everyone in Bournemouth I am delighted to accept this award. We are looking forward to welcoming groups to Bournemouth as they continue to enjoy the beauty and diversity of our unique seaside resort.”