WEYMOUTH beach has won a coveted award for the third consecutive year.
Weymouth Central beach has been named as a winner of the coveted Keep Britain Tidy Seaside Award for 2015.
The awards recognise beaches in England that achieve the highest management and environmental standards as well as the tough bathing water quality criteria.
Cllr Ian Bruce, said he was pleased for the people who made the award possible.
He said: “I’m so pleased for the beach staff and all the locals and visitors who have looked after our beach by taking their own rubbish home with them that we have received this award.
“It’s one of those things, we don’t appreciate it as much as the rest of the world just what a brilliant beach we have and the work that goes in to keeping it tidy.
Tourism and events manager at Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Matt Ryan, said the award is a testament to the borough’s staff.
He said: “The borough council is delighted to have won the 2015 Seaside Award.
“This is great news for the borough and a fine testament to our staff and the agencies who work hard to make sure the beach is well maintained for residents and visitors to enjoy all year round.”
The award comes with the summer season just around the corner and Professor Mark Poulton, the Punch and Judy performer for the beach is getting ready to set-up this weekend.
He said: “It’s absolutely brilliant. Weymouth is a beautiful beach regardless of any award and the people that are down here know it is and a lot of hard work goes in to keeping it as it is.”
The national awards have seen 111 beaches handed the prestigious title with Weymouth previously winning in 2013 and 2014 after the award was renamed from the Quality Coast Award.
Across the South-West, 36 beaches won the Seaside Award including Swanage Central and Boscombe Pier as well as Weymouth.
People visiting beaches that have been awarded the Seaside Award can be assured they are clean and safe.
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environment charity, trying to inspire people to be litter-free, to waste less and live more.