Posted by Freddy Morton
Several beaches in Northern Ireland have been praised for their cleanliness and appearance, owners of Propex caravan water heaters were told.
However, despite the fact that Cranfield beach in County Down has lost its Blue Flag status, the local council has claimed there are still plenty of reasons to visit the area.
In an interview with the BBC, Newry and Mourne District councillor Charlie Casey said that the beach, also known as Cranfield West, has achieved a Resort Seaside Award.
"Cranfield continues to offer a family-friendly beach which boasts the majestic Mourne Mountains as its backdrop," he told the news source.
Ballyronan Marina in County Londonderry has meanwhile retained its Blue Flag , which recognises superior water quality, safety and cleanliness, as has Whiterocks in County Antrim and Tyrella beach in County Down, among others.
The latest edition of the Good Beach Guide by the Marine Conservation Society recently revealed that 461 beaches in the UK have been classed as excellent this year, the third highest for 24 years.