Lifeguards start summer patrols

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Lifeguards will start their summer patrols of Whitby’s West Cliff beach from tomorrow.

The RNLI lifeguards will be based up and down the beach between 10am and 6pm until September 8.

Lifeguard patrols will also be taking place at Sandsend during this month’s half term holidays and after that they will be every weekend until 6 July.

From then on they will also be on a daily basis until September 8 also.

Andrew Williams, the borough council’s leisure manager said: “Our partnership to deliver a lifeguard service with the RNLI throughout the summer continues to go from strength to strength and we are very pleased to see the increase in service capacity at Sandsend.

“The lifeguard plays a vital part in helping to keep our beaches safe for the many thousands of visitors that come to the North Yorkshire Coast ever year and they are also an important part of the citeria for beach management awards.”

Meanwhile, Whitby beach has been named as one of just 18 in Yorkshire that will be flying the coveted Blue Flag award this year.

It has been run by Keep Britain Tidy and in order to obtain the status, beaches have to meet strict criteria in relation to fantastic facilities, cleanliness and the highest standards of water quality which have been made stricter compared to last year.

Seaside awards, previously the Quality Care Awards, have been awarded to Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Runswick Bay beaches for recognition of beach management facilities and guideline water quality.

See page 11 to find out why Runswick Bay also features on the pages of a national magazine.